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Job Description

Racehorse Trainers supervise the daily care of horses in their stables, they will be responsible for seeing that the horses receive proper care, nutrition, veterinary attention and exercise. Trainers are responsible for planning workouts, monitoring their condition to enable them to be entered into appropriate races, advising the jockey on race strategy, supervising stable employees, scheduling routine services such as farrier visits, and obtaining veterinary care when necessary. They will need to liaise with owners keeping them up to date with progress and race options

Entry Requirements

You must gain a trainer’s licence issued by the British Horseracing Authority.

To apply for a licence you’ll need to meet several criteria, including:

completing the level 3 diploma in racehorse care and management
having a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a racing yard
passing pre-licence training courses with the British Racing School at Newmarket, or the Northern Racing College at Doncaster
You could start at a racing stables as a groom, rider or instructor, then move on to become an assistant trainer before applying for the full trainer’s licence.

Visit careersinracing for more information about working in this industry.

Career Path and Progression

With experience you could become a specialist racing consultant, trainer instructor, bloodstock agent or thoroughbred breeder.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Animal care worker
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Pet behaviour counsellor

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • You will need to be a confident leader who is able to communicate effectively with stable staff and owners
  • You will need to be very organised and able to make decisions

Starting Salary

£15,000 to £45,000

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