We are delighted to announce that our sponsored rider, Charlotte Dujardin CBE, become the inaugural Patron of the British Grooms Associationas it celebrates its 10th Anniversary.
Charlotte says, “I am very proud to be the Patron of the British Grooms Association it’s an important organisation that is dedicated to the hard-working grooms and employers in our industry.”
Lucy Katan, Chief Exectuive and founder of the BGA says,“We are honoured to have Charlotte become our Patron. Charlotte is an inspiring example of someone who began her career as a groom and has worked her way to the top. Her working relationship with Alan is an example of true professionalism and one we encourage employees and employers all over the world to emulate.”
Charlotte, who has won six Gold Olympic Medals and holds all three world records in dressage become a household name after Carl Hester spotted her talents and offered her a job as a groom on his yard.
“I started my career with horses as a groom and I think that the dedication, work ethic and skills required in order to be successful in the role mean that grooms should continue to be recognised as the skilled professionals they are” explained Charlotte. “I encourage all grooms to join their professional association for the support and I hope my Patronage of the BGA will raise the awareness of the necessities of good employment in the equestrian workplace and encourages employers to engage with the organisation that exists to support them.”
The BGA, which turns 10 this week, is committed to working with both grooms and employers and has seen huge developments over recent years including the introduction of personal accident insurance, online educational learning, employment contracts and the development of the Employers Zone.
“We hope that Charlotte joining our association will enable us to raise the profile of the BGA and inspire all grooms, and employers, of all levels and across all disciplines to join their association” adds Lucy.
To find out more about the BGA visit www.britishgrooms.org.uk
Photos courtesy of Sue Burrows.