Equestrian grooms are being asked to have their say in a survey looking at employment trends in the sector.
The British Grooms Association (BGA), a professional membership association which represents the career interests of grooms, is urging those who work with horses to come forward and have their say in one of two surveys
Lucy Katan, Executive Director of the BGA, said: “We are calling for grooms and employers to fill in our anonymous surveys to help us to build a realistic picture of the employment practices that are occurring right now.
“There have been several headlines about grooms and employers recently, all of which raise concerning issues. For the BGA to make a real difference to the working lives of both grooms and employers we must first discover the real facts.”
The two surveys, one targeted at grooms and the other to employers, have been compiled with the combined expertise of Georgina Brooke-Holmes of Coventry University and Sport England in partnership with BGA.
Participants can opt to submit their answers anonymously to ensure that a true picture is generated. To add a little incentive there is the opportunity for respondents to win a £100 cash prize or a luxury hamper of Absorbine grooming products, in return for giving up a few minutes of their time.
Andrew Finding, Chief Executive of the British Equestrian Federation, said he was pleased the BGA was taking on the research. “Once again it demonstrates that they are leading the industry in this crucial area of work. We urge all of those that work with horses, either as a groom or an employer, to take time to fill in a survey.”
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