Class Riders And World Class Horses Need World Class Grooms
pivotal role that elite grooms play in the performance of world
class horses and riders is recognised by the British Equestrian
Federation: to win more medals Great Britain's elite riders must
recruit, retain and work with the best grooms.
working group has been set up to look at the elite grooming profession
in Great Britain. The group, Chaired by Andrew Finding, includes
Helen Huggett, BEF Executive Officer, Kathryn Payne, BEF Communications
Co-ordinator, John McEwan, BEF Director of Equine Sports Science
and Medicine and Lucy Katan, an ex-International Dressage groom
of the highest level.
Katan is already making history as the first groom to be invited
to speak at such high profile events as the Equestrian World Class
Seminar (Lofer, Austria, 1-3 December 2002), and the National Equine
Forum (London, 27 March 2003) about the needs and future potential
for elite grooms.
said; "I am an example of an increasing trend within our industry:
a real problem exists with recruiting and retaining top class, elite
grooms. Our role can
be pivotal in winning a championship, a medal or even our country's
qualification for the Olympic Games but I am one of the many grooms
of recent times who have come to realise that however much we love
our horses, this won't pay the bills, give us recognition or long
term security. Competition grooms are voting with their feet and
leaving the industry for good."
help from the BEF Lucy has just completed a study into the status,
abilities and calibre of elite grooms today, and to seek to find
ways to improve the best, by interviewing and conducting a questionnaire
with 27 World Class Performance and International riders and 23
of their senior grooms.
results present a small view of a very real problem. They will be
presented at the National Equine Forum and will provide the basis
for the Working Group's discussion into how the industry might seek
to address this issue.