The racing industry is more progressive than the general/competition sector in terms of its employment of grooms.
This is good news for you if you decide to make the change.
Ifyou are working with horses as a racing groom in a racehorse trainers yard, you will be protected by many of the agreements that are in place by way of the Trainer's License, issued by the British Horseracing Authority.
WELCOME TO WORKING IN RACING
Take a look at the benefits of working in the racing industry in the Welcome to the Racing Industry video:
WORKING IN BREEDING
The breeding industry, whilst not regulated in the same way under a license, also looks to provide excellent employment practices.
There are different minimum salary levels ages depending on your age, qualifications and experience. The rates are above National Minimum Wage, and you may in practice earn more.
There are agreed rules surrounding overtime, hours of work, staying overnight, racing on Sunday's and subsistance allowances. These are all regulated under the Trainers License (i.e they must be adhered to).
This is the distribution of a share of a percentage of the prize money won by a horse in the yard.
The stable staff in the yard agree how they want this to be fairly distributed. The payment of pool money by the trainer to the staff is governed by the Orders and Rules of Racing.
Non compliance is a breach of the rules which could result in disciplinary action by the British Horseracing Authority, hence staff are protected.
All eligible staff must be enrolled onto a pension scheme and your employer must make contributions for you. Saving for your retirement is a good thing to do.
INJURIES AT WORK
Asper set by the MOA, staff who are off work as a result of sickness or accident and have been with their current employer for 6 months or more will receive their normal weekly wage for 1 month in any 1 year.*
Staff with less than 6 months service will only receiveSSP(statutory sick pay), if eligible. *For sickness this payment will be from the 4thday of absence. For injury due to an accident at work this will be from the 1stday.
THE RACING INDUSTRY ACCIDENT BENEFIT SCHEME (RIABS)
RIABS is funded by licensed and permitted trainers and by contributions from stable staff.
It is taken automatically from your wages and costs you approximately £3.00 per week.
The scheme provides for benefits to eligible persons following accidental injury, disablement or death arising out of, whilst carrying out duties for a licensed trainer, including bona fide journeys between normal place of residence and place of work.
The scheme does not cover race riding accidents or accidents, which occur while on, or travelling to and from a racecourse when engaged to ride.
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
Buy and sell horses
The BGA is the national representative body for all grooms working in the UK or British grooms abroad.