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The Impact Survey Results

The British Grooms Association (BGA) and Equestrian Employers Association (EEA) conducted the Impact Survey in April 2020, to discover how coronavirus has affected the people that work in the equestrian industry, with a focus on those who care for horses and those who run equestrian businesses that employ staff.

The survey results are concerning for the industry, revealing that 89% of businesses have seen a financial impact, with 5% of all equestrian businesses worried that they will face closure.

When it is broken down into specific businesses, the riding school sector are the worst affected, with 100% of respondents reporting that they have been negatively financially impacted by the pandemic. Alarmingly, 85% of riding schools report they have no income at all. 1 in 10 state that it is likely they will need to close.

In addition, 80% of freelance grooms reported working fewer hours than they had been prior to the coronavirus pandemic. Over half of employed grooms have seen their hours reduced, been furloughed, or been made redundant.

61% of respondents felt the current situation is impacting their mental health.

At this time, it is essential that the industry as a whole prioritises those that run businesses and earn a living and livelihood from horses. Without them, others will be unable to enjoy the hobby and sport.

The findings demonstrate that the entire industry is facing a time of unprecedented challenge. Coronavirus presents an array of difficulties which vary depending on business type and grooms’ way of working, but it is clear: this is a problem that impacts everyone.

Key from the report is the recommendation that additional provisions are needed in many areas. Further support for businesses and for the well-being of grooms and business owners is essential to ensure survival coming out of the pandemic.

A total of 1,373 responses were received and the data analysis was conducted with the support of British Equestrian.

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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

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