- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- customer service skills
- the ability to work on your own
- leadership skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- excellent verbal communication skills
- knowledge of English language
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties may involve:
- teaching people who want to ride as a leisure activity
- helping prepare for competitions like show jumping, eventing or dressage
- making sure health and safety rules are followed
- helping horses and riders to warm up and cool down during training
- developing training programmes suited to individual riders
- giving practical demonstrations
- helping riders correct problems
- giving feedback and keeping records of rider development
- assessing riders who are working towards qualifications
You could work at a riding stable.
Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.
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.