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The International Grooms Association (IGA) is the professional association for grooms working at FEI international level competitions. 

It is the vision of the IGA to achieve representation with a collaborative voice, career recognition, greater status and a better working environment for grooms working within the international competition community.



Membership of the IGA is for all grooms who are currently working, have worked, or would like to work for a rider/driver who competes at FEI international level competitions.

The BGA does not have a remit to represent grooms to the FEI. It was clear that the grooms that work internationally, particularly in the Olympic sports, needed their own organisation to enable their voices and concerns to be heard.

This is why the IGA has been formed and all BGA members that work on the international circuit are invited to join.
Lucy Katan, BGA and IGA Founder 


How much is it

The regular price of membership is 15€ per annum, click the link below to go to the website and sign up today

BGA members are invited to join for a discounted price of just 10€ per year. The only way to access this special price is via the link below, for members only.


History and background

The IGA was formed at the request of the FEI. 

On 26th April at the FEI Sports Forum, Lausanne, Switzerland, the President of the FEI Ingmar de Vos and Lucy Katan, Founding Director of IGA signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding' on behalf of grooms working within the FEI. 

The IGA gives an independent voice to the grooms that will be recognised internationally and with the FEI.



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