Tipping Grooms

Is there a standard practice for tipping grooms at horse shows? And is it expected? The thought never crossed my mind until I worked as a groom for a trainer at a show to offset some of my training costs. At the end of the week one of the clients tipped me. When she handed it to me I think I said “What for?” Trying desperately to remember if I had spotted her some cash earlier in the week for lunch or something. Is this something that should be factored in to the cost of showing?

2 Responses to Tipping Grooms

  1. empressive says:

    I think it is a nice thing to do. I haven’t shown at a Morgan show in a few years, but have been to a few Paso shows. I try to get all the guys a Starbucks in the morning or eveing. Sometimes I’ll get everyone lunch.

    I have friends that show on other breed circuits and they will tip occasionally, but it is not really seen.

    I guess in my case, I actually know and work with the trainers and groomers too. So it’s more like family with me and maybe not so much worker/ horse owner?

  2. Beth says:

    In my experience, (15 plus years, several barns) grooms are ALWAYS tipped. Ballpark is $20 a class for each horse, so if your horse goes twice, the primary groom responsible for the horse would get the money ($40) If there are more than one groom, or a longer show, you might split it up differently, or give more. Of course if your horse has special needs, etc. I would also give more. Tipping is definitely something to factor in to the cost of showing. I believe it is expected, it always is where i have been. Frankly, when my horses are away, I want the grooms to have that “extra”.

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