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Are you interested in driving? Getting involved with driving can be exciting, fun and very sociable.

BGA membership is for carriage driving grooms and backsteppers too. The BGA Membership Personal Accident Insurances (Bronze, Silver and Platinum) and the Freelance Groom Liability Insurance covers professional grooms for carriage driving both at home and when working as a groom or a backstepper in competitions.

If you already work in driving have a look at the BGA membership benefits and then join the other driving grooms who are BGA Members.

To learn more about carriage driving visit; 

British Carriagedriving

The Governing body for the sport of Horse Driving Trials in Great Britain. Visit British Carriagedriving.

UK Driving Grooms and Backsteppers Group

A supportive group led by BGA driving ambassador Mandy Elder.

Visit their Facebook Group.


The UK Driving Groups and Backsteppers Group was formed by a BGA driving ambassador Mandy Elder together with other driving grooms passionate about supporting the driving community;


Career with Showing horses

Mandy Elder

“I am a freelance groom based in Fife in Scotland. I have been a competition carriage driving groom for over 20 years, grooming for the show ring to traditional coaching to FEI.

I brought a group of fabulously experienced grooms and backsteppers together to continue my love of helping other grooms, to be the best.”

Career in Polo with British Grooms Association

Diane Phillips

“I have been a carriage driving groom/backstepper for about 30 years. This sport is so inclusive, you don't have to own horses, (or even be horsey), to enjoy it.

Due to the generosity of some of my drivers, I have also taken part in some low-level competitions as the driver.” 

Career in carriage driving with British Grooms Association

lesley bagley

“I’ve been around horses for over 40 years and started backstepper for Linda Hill around 13 years ago, it wasn’t long before I went to the National Championships at Ashfields.

I have had the pleasure of backstepping at National, International’s and cumulating in the honour of representing GBR at the 2021 Pony World Championships in Le Pin au Haras, France.”

Career in hunting with British Grooms Association

callum macdonald

“I come from Montrose, Scotland. I have been a driving groom/backstepper for 12 years. 

Recently I attended the Pony World Championships held in Oirschot (Netherlands), whilst out in Oirschot supporting the British team, I was approach by a friend from Denmark asking if I could groom for team Denmark due to her being down a groom."

Career in horse racing with British Grooms Association

gary picken

“I’ve worked as a professional groom for almost 20 years across a selection of equine sectors.

Carriage driving wise I have groomed internationally and driven at a national level.

I’m currently a coachman driving for weddings and funerals.”

Career in showjumping with British Grooms Association

christopher priestley

“I’ve been a carriage driving backstepper at competitions for over twenty years.

Driving is on a hobby basis as I’m a full-time secondary school teacher and I live in the middle of Birmingham.”

Why was the UK Driving Grooms and Backsteppers Group formed?


“The UK Driving Grooms and Backsteppers Group was created to form a community for the grooms/backsteppers in our sport. Our aim is to provide a place where grooms/backsteppers can learn and progress within the sport 

from grassroots to international level and to have a safe place to air any issues they may have. We want to encourage experienced grooms/backsteppers to share their wealth of knowledge and to help those who are new to the sport.  We hope this will make those who are not drivers feel more included and appreciated within the sport and to encourage new comers to participate.”

Mandy Elder, BGA driving groom ambassador. 

Why join the BGA

The British Grooms Association, (BGA), is the organisation for all of those that work hands-on with horses and was formed as an association for all grooms to be able to turn to for advice, guidance and information.

In addition to employment advice there are lots of educational tools, online resources and document templates to run a freelance business professionally.

Plus, discounts on products, advice on a wide range of equestrian related topics, and the chance to be part of a wider community. 




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