The British Grooms Association has announced that Charlotte Dujardin CBE has become their inaugural Patron as the association celebrates its 10th Birthday.
Charlotte, who has won six Gold Olympic Medals and holds all three world records in dressage, became a household name after Carl Hester spotted her talents and offered her a job as a groom on his yard.
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.
Charlotte said: “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.
“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.
“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.”
Lucy Katan, Chief Exectuive and founder of the BGA said:“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.”
To find out more about the BGA visit www.britishgrooms.org.uk