What all Grooms have been waiting for
3 May 2007

For some time now it has been evident that grooms have been one section of the equestrian industry with little or no representation. That all changed today as the British Grooms Association launched at Badminton and welcomed grooms to join as members.

The British Grooms Association (BGA) will provide support and advice to grooms and aims to continually improve the recognition of its members ? working grooms ? as professionals.

Members? benefits include:

  • 10% Discount Scheme at Derby House Saddlery and a ?10 off voucher
  • Exceptional rates on Personal Accident Insurance with SEIB
  • Legal Advice Phone Hotline
  • Quarterly Membership Magazine
  • 35% discount off Horse & Hound, Horse or Eventing Magazine

Grooms in all equestrian disciplines are encouraged to join, from those working in riding schools to Olympic bound competition grooms. All are welcome and the BGA aims to offer support and advice in all aspects of working life. Anyone interested can join online at www.britishgrooms.org.uk or call 0845 331 6039 to be sent a membership join form.

And at just ?17.50 to join the BGA are keen to show value for money ? the discounts available from sponsors and supporters should get grooms this back straight away!

Sponsors of the BGA include: NAF, Derby House, SEIB, Equitector, BEDMAX, Merial Equine Health, Shaw and Co. Solicitors and Haddon Training.

Executive Director Lucy Katan said ?I am so excited to be finally launching the British Grooms Association after many years of planning it. I am delighted that we have had so much support from sponsors and the industry and from the interest from grooms before this launch date I am sure that many of them will join.?

The BGA?s key aims are -

  • Give grooms a voice in our industry and the opportunity to address and respond to issues which directly concern them.
  • Provide a source of advice, support and guidance specifically for grooms.
  • Champion the recognition of skills, structured career development and enhanced status for grooms.
  • Work with employers to create the best working environment for staff incorporating modern working practices, ultimately raising both standards of professionalism and overall retention.

A voluntary board of Directors has been set up to help guide and support the development of the BGA. Grooms representing all sectors of the industry will also be invited to be involved as part of a professionals committee.

The first 50 members to join will receive smart Derby House and British Grooms Association branded blouson jackets