Open to Adults too!
Are you a keen regular rider at Grove House Stables? Would you like to spend more time developing your horse care, equine knowledge and customer care skills? We have a solution!
Grove House Stables Equestrian Centre runs a voluntary helper programme called the ‘Grove House Stables Ambassador Programme’. This provides volunteers from the age of 13 and over the opportunity to develop equine, health and safety, customer care and personal development skills at our accredited training centre. The ambassadors will assist with horse care, customer care and assist us with the running of our BHS approved centre. The volunteers can use the skills developed at the centre to assist them with future employment, further education or to just simply enjoy a rewarding way to spend their free time!
When do they attend?
Set times are organised in advance to help plan ahead and to ensure everything runs smoothly with the programme and the participants know what is happening. A timetable is devised to fit the Centre’s requirements with the volunteer’s academic, personal and family commitments.
Times currently available:
- 08.00 – 17.15 Saturday or Sunday
- 17.00 – 19.00 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday.
What are the requirements to be considered for the programme?
- You are a regular riding client at Grove House Stables Equestrian Centre.
- You need to attend a formal interview at Grove House Stables and, if you are offered a place, times and dates will be discussed and agreed for times that are mutually convenient for both us and yourselves.
- You are keen and enthusiastic and show a good attitude towards both the staff and most importantly, the clients.
- Adults, by law, must have a CRB check carried out. Unfortunately, we are unable to fund this. You will be expected to pay a fee of £10 for the check.
Frequently asked questions
- Are the Ambassadors paid? No payment is made but volunteers will receive regular training opportunities and will develop a wide range of equine, business and customer care skills and knowledge.
- Do the volunteers have to commit to a regular slot? Do the volunteers have to commit to a regular slot? Yes – these slots will be discussed and mutually agreed in your interview. Planning and commitment is a big part of the Ambassador role. However, we do endeavour to fit in with family, school/work and other personal commitments whenever possible. Also, you may be asked to help out with Pony Parties and other events that we need the extra help with.
- What is the dress code for the Ambassadors? We supply a Grove House Stables sweatshirt and t-shirt. But a riding hat, boots, gloves and waterproof coat are essential.
- What training is given? Training sessions will be organised for Ambassadors and there are also plenty of opportunities for on the job training.
- Will any award/ qualification be gained from this? Yes – you will be given the opportunity to work toward the BHS progressive and junior progressive tests.
The Progressive Riding Tests (PRTs) are a popular option for riding centres, livery yards and British Riding Clubs.
All six tests are practical continual assessment qualifications which have equitation and stable management sections, both of which can be taken separately. Each syllabus has a number of elements that need to be signed off by the coach as the learner is ready to be assessed.
On successful completion of each test, the centre can issue the candidate with a certificate. Once all six tests have been completed, the candidate will be able to gain direct entry into BHS Stage 2 examination.
If you are interested in the Ambassador Scheme please fill out our application form and send it into the office. For more information please contact us on 01427 890802.