How to become a jockey
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- switching from amateur to professional racing
The first step to a racing apprenticeship is to apply for a residential foundation course. These are designed to see if you have the potential to succeed and for you to see if this is what you really want to do.
The residential training lasts from 14 to 18 weeks and includes how to look after and ride race horses, and health and safety. Training takes place at the National Horseracing College and The British Racing School.
If you do well, you may be offered the opportunity to work in a racing stable and start an intermediate apprenticeship as an equine groom. You would then go on to do a senior equine groom advanced apprenticeship.
You can apply if you're aged 16 or over and work at least 16 hours a week in a licensed racing stable.
There are no qualification requirements. You'll study English and maths if you do not have GCSEs in those subjects.
You could start as a stable hand in a training stables and work your way up.
If you're already working in a racing yard, you could talk to your employer about applying for the racing apprenticeship programme.
You may be able to move into professional racing if you've got experience as an amateur jockey. You would need to complete training to get a professional racing licence.