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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

To become a Racehorse Trainer you must first gain a trainer’s licence issued by the British Horseracing Authority

You will also need to meet the following criteria

  • complete the level 3 diploma in racehorse care and management
  • Have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a racing yard
  • Pass a pre-licence training courses with the British Racing School at Newmarket, or the Northern Racing College at Doncaster

You get started as a groom in a racing stables or as a rider or instructor and then move on to become an assistant trainer before applying for your licence.


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 £25,000

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