What our members say

“As a livery yard owner, the support from the EEA has been invaluable in the employment of our staff and the efficient running of the business.”

Day Dressage

EEA Member

“We decided we were going to do things differently, I just wasn't always sure how to do it! The EEA has all the solutions to employing staff legally.”

D & L Performance Horses

EEA Member

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The Equestrian Employers Association (EEA) is the organisation for you if you employ staff in the equestrian industry.

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Equestrian Employers Association Team Members

Meet The EEA Team

The Team

The Equestrian Employers Association (EEA) is run by a voluntary Board of Directors who all bring a wealth of experience and knowledge about their areas of expertise and the equestrian world, and understand working with horses. 

Our Chief Executive, Membership Manager and Member Engagement Coordinator manage the day to day running of the association. 

Lucy Katan British Grooms Association Executive Director

Lucy Katan - Chief Executive

Lucy was an international dressage groom for eight years, representing Team GBR. She is the founder of the EEA and British Grooms Association (BGA) and runs the office and coordinates all developments.

She previously worked at the Sport and Recreation Alliance, UK Anti Doping, and at LOCOG (the Organising Committee of London 2012 Olympics).

Chris Hewlett, British Grooms Association Chairman

Chris Hewlett - Board Chairman

Chris is the founder and former Managing Director of Haddon Training - one of the leading equine works based training providers in the country, and the preferred and endorsed choice by the two BEF Olympic disciplines.

Equestrian Employers Association President Tullis Matson

Tullis Matson - President

Tullis Matson is the founder and Managing Director of Stallion AI Services. "As an equestrian employer with a current headcount of 27 employees, I understand the challenges facing employers and the importance of good staff retention. I believe in creating a happy working environment that nurtures talent and allows the individuals to reach their full potential.

Through my support of the Equestrian Employers Association, I hope to be able to share the message across our industry that creating a rewarding and encouraging environment for employees, not to mention a safe and legally compliant one, is essential to business success.”

Liz Daniels British Grooms Association Engagement Director

Juliet Hamlyn-payne - communications manager

Based within the beautiful countryside of Devon, Juliet grew up with horses as part of her daily life and started her career within the equestrian industry with an apprenticeship. Juliet went on to groom for private families and later freelance as an Enlightened Equitation Teacher. 

Over the years Juliet has also had a successful career within administration and marketing, finally combining her skills and passion together, to proudly work for the EEA. 

Fi Boughton - Membership Manager

Fi has worked with horses since leaving school in a wide variety of yards including with Lucinda Fredericks and Pippa Funnell as well as in racing, showing and veterinary convalescence.

She rides and competes herself as well as volunteering with British Eventing. She has been with the EEA since it was formed and is delighted to see it going from strength to stength.

Vicky James - EEA Membership Engagement COORDINATOR

Vicky's professional life has been spent in roles supporting businesses with a range of employment and HR matters. As such, she brings a wealth of experience to the EEA as our dedicated Membership Coordinator. 
Horses have always been part of Vicky's life in one way or another! 


After completing a Business Management degree, Ali set up a small livery and equestrian training business, alongside working in logistics and sales for large multi-national companies.

Her time spent working for companies with billion dollar turnover was invaluable - it allowed her to understand how businesses need to run in order to be successful, from commercial strategy to employee management.

Now concentrating fully on her livery yard and coaching career, she works full time within the equestrian industry, employing up to seven staff members. Ali is passionate about spreading the message that the equestrian industry, particularly livery yards, can be a place of growth, profit, satisfaction and success, if businesses are run in a knowledgeable and responsible way.






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