To begin with starting any business requires a high level of commitment and a passion for their chosen business and a horse riding centre is no exception. Hours will be long and irregular and include weekends and evenings. A key point that causes many emerging businesses to fail in their first few months is not treating it as a business, this is especially true of people attempting to turn their hobby or passion into their primary source of income. Making the mental leap from fun pastime to serious business can be a difficult one and quite disheartening but is very important in the initial start-up phase of your business. After all is this is your dream job then you may as well try everything possible to make it work.
Centre managers running their own business have to constantly reinvest in buildings, stock and horses. Like most self-employed horse centre managers, income will depend on the volume of business generated. Well thought out, targeted advertising will help with this. Work out who your target group is or what type of user/customer you wish to attract and think of way to reach them, be imaginative in your approach and you can be far more effective in reaching people than wasting your precious start up budget on wasteful advertising.
Hiring staff may or may not be necessary depending on the scale of your business, and these staff members can be key in the success or failure of your fledgling enterprise. Avoid hiring friends or family unless you are certain beyond reasonable doubt that they can do the job and do it well. When hiring staff there are many tips available online for interviewers, but at the end of the day just be observant and trust your judgement and you should make the right decision.
Instructors can help you develop horse training programmes. They observe riders in order to spot and help correct problems and to ensure training is carried out safely.
They may work with:
- non-competitive riders of all ages
- competitive riders, helping individual riders or teams to prepare for competitions such as show jumping, eventing and dressage.
Instructors may also teach assistant horse instructors and be responsible for supervising the stable. Some horse instructors may combine teaching with work as a groom. Instructors may have to to live in.
Instructors may travel with riders to competitions, which at the highest levels may be abroad. Freelance instructors travel between riding schools. A driving licence is useful, although not usually essential.