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New Board of Directors to deliver next steps

28th May 2024

The British Grooms Association (BGA) and the Equestrian Employers Association (EEA), are excited to announce the next step in delivering their vision as previously laid out within their Strategic Plan 2023-2027. (BGA Strategy / EEA Strategy).

An army of experts have been recruited to join the Non-Executive Board of Directors of the British Grooms and Equestrian Employers Group (BGEEG), which is responsible for both the BGA and the EEA.

Directors of business, education, people, digital, finance, insight and integrity, as well as a board secretary, join the BGA and EEA teams.

Last week the new Board held an in-person meeting, and the team is enthusiastic about the next steps for the associations.

The implementation of this stronger Board is key to the next stage for the organisations. The collective focus is on growth, and the rise towards 5,000 members; the larger the associations grow, the stronger the voice is of those within the industry.

Since the formation of the BGA in 2007, the team has campaigned for increased recognition of the outstanding work that grooms carry out daily.

Although some sectors of the industry have upped their game by including the grooms within announcements and prize giving’s, there is still a long way to go to bring this industry to be a place of only Good Employment.

While the BGA works hard to educate all grooms to understand what Good Employment is, (and encourage them to accept nothing less), the EEA strives to support employers, giving them the knowledge and tools needed to provide Good Employment.

Both the BGA and the EEA are working together to achieve their Vision, it requires collaboration to bring about change.


Join us to help change the landscape

The BGA and EEA continue their mission to advocate, educate on, and support Good Employment, as they positively believe that this is the only way to sustain the workforce of the industry.


If you're not a member yet, find out more about the benefits and how each association can support you.





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What the personal accident policy covers you for:

  • Whilst at work
  • All stable duties – mucking out, grooming, washing off, turning out
  • Clipping
  • Riding – including hacking and jumping
  • Hunting
  • Lunging
  • Breaking in
  • Holding horse for a vet and other procedures
  • Travelling horses both in the UK and abroad
  • Competing in line with your job including: jumping, dressage, eventing
  • Injuries that may happen to you whilst you are teaching - but you must also be grooming as part of your duties and not be a sole instructor

What the personal accident policy doesn’t cover you for:

  • Riding in a race, point to point or team chase
  • Stunt Riding
  • Accidents occurring whilst travelling to and from work
  • Riding and competing your own horse (but you can upgrade when applying for membership to include this)
  • Public Liability – this is a separate insurance policy - the Freelance Groom Liability Insurance
  • Care Custody and Control – this is a separate policy - the Freelance Groom Liability Insurance

If you require additional cover then please contact KBIS directly.


When you are working for other people you do most of the following; muck out, turn out/catch in, tack up, groom horses, exercise Horses (including hacking, jumping and schooling), in the care of your employer/client.




Predominantly ride horses for other people including schooling, exercising and competing.   

 Provide grooming services for someone else either full time or on a freelance basis i.e. an employer or a client.   


Employ staff – have an employers liability policy in your name NO NO YES
Buy and sell horses NO YES YES