Riding holiday centre manager

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What's it like?

You would run a horse-riding school which offers riding and trekking holidays. You would look after the operation and marketing of the centre and the care of the horses.

You would:

  • Plan and oversee riding activities
  • Arrange a daily routine of horse care and stable management
  • Handle questions, problems and complaints
  • Hire and manage staff, organise work rotas and arrange training
  • Carry out administrative and financial tasks
  • Market and promote the centre
  • Develop working relationships with other local businesses
  • Ensure health and safety rules are followed

This job comes with a lot of responsibility, as horses can be dangerous and you would have to make sure that visitors to the riding school were safe at all times. Many of your customers would be children, so you would need to be extra careful. 

Working conditions


Horses need constant care, so you would usually work long hours, including evenings and weekends.


You would spend some time working indoors, doing administrative tasks. In some centres you could also work outdoors, caring for the horses and helping out with other activities.

UK employment status



Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Working as part of a team
  • Taking the lead
  • Helping customers
  • Caring for animals
  • Budgeting
  • Planning and organising
  • Working with numbers
  • Making decisions

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.


You could enter the industry by doing an Equine Modern Apprenticeship.

You can prepare for management by completing a Higher National Diplomas (SCQF level 8) or a degree (SCQF level 9/10) in subjects such as equine studies or equine business management.

Entry to the Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) in Equine Studies normally requires National 5 qualifications and two Highers at CC or above, or a relevant HNC.

Entry to a degree (SCQF level 9/10) in Equine Business Management normally requires a HND in Equine Studies or relevant industry qualifications such as British Horse Society (BHS) Stage 2 qualification or equivalent, such as Pony Club B Test.

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science subjects
  • Business management

You will also need

  • Thorough knowledge and experience of working with horses
  • To meet set standards of riding ability to enter most courses

Helpful to have

Qualifications from the: 

  • the British Horse Society (BHS)
  • the Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS)
  • or the Pony Club