Job Description

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.

Entry Requirements

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You can apply to do a residential foundation course at the British Racing School (BRS) or the Northern Racing College (NRC), to see if you've got the potential to move on to a racing apprenticeship.

You need to complete the apprenticeship and get a licence so that you can race.

Each racing school has it's own course entry requirements.

If you're already working in a racing yard, speak to your employer about applying for an apprenticeship.

Careers In Racing has more information about becoming a jockey.

Career Path and Progression

You could work just for one trainer or owner, or ride for several as a self-employed jockey.

You could go on to work for stables overseas in countries like Dubai, Japan and the USA. 

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Sports professional
  • Sports agent
  • Horse riding instructor
  • Farrier
  • Riding holiday centre manager

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 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

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