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Job Description

A Riding Instructor will teach adults and children of all abilities to ride either as individuals or as part of a group. They will either work as part of a riding school or as a self employed individual. If working as part of a riding school you may be required to muck out, tack up, clean tack and administer medication.

Entry Requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • excellent riding ability
  • GCSEs, including English and maths
  • a teaching qualification from the British Horse Society (BHS) or theAssociation of British Riding Schools (ABRS)

You can also complete other specialist instructor awards through organisations like The Pony Club and the British Driving Society. 

To work with people with disabilities, you’ll need to follow the Coaching Pathway from the Riding for The Disabled Association.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You’ll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could become self-employed and work on a freelance basis for several centres. You could also run your own riding school, become a head or senior instructor, a competition judge, or move into management.

Once experienced, you could also apply for the IGEQ Equestrian Passport, making it easier for you to find work abroad.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Horse groom
  • Jockey
  • Outdoor activities instructor
  • Riding holiday centre manager
  • Riding holiday leader

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • You will need very good horse riding skills
  • Have the ability to communicate well with people of all ages 
  • Be a very patient person
  • You will also require first aid training

Starting Salary

£14,000 to £25,000

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