Jockeys are sports professionals who ride racehorses for trainers and owners, they will work with trainers to establish strategies to help them win, they will also be responsible for riding their mounts in training exercises, maintaining riding equipment, providing feedback to trainers or owners about how the horse is performing and spending time getting to know the strengths and weaknesses of each horse that they ride.
You can access this job through an apprenticeship, first you will need to apply for a residential foundation course at one of the two training centres based in Newmarket or Doncaster, they will assess you to see if you have the ability to pursue a racing apprenticeship. Once you have completed your apprenticeship you will need to get a licence so that you can race. A good way to get into the profession is to start as a stable hand at a young age. Height and weight are also a factor with this particular job role, racehorses carry strict weight requirements so a smaller statue is preferred.
- You will need to be a very skilled rider
- Determination to succeed
- You will need to be fit, strong and have stamina
- You will also have to be prepared to be outside in all weathers
£14,000 to £16,000