Racehorse trainer

Alternative titles for this job include Horse racing trainer, equine trainer

Racehorse trainers run racing stables, manage staff, look after horses' training and welfare, and prepare them for races.

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter

to

£45,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

45 to 47 a week

You could work

early mornings flexibly

How to become a racehorse trainer

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies

Apprenticeship

You can work towards this role by starting with a senior equine groom advanced apprenticeship.

This will usually take at least 18 months to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You could start at a racing stables as a groom, a rider or instructor. You would then move on to become an assistant trainer before applying for the full trainer's licence.

As an assistant trainer, you could do a 2-day course at the British Racing School or Northern Racing College, which includes:

  • staff management
  • handicapping
  • media training
  • health and safety
  • racing welfare
  • licensing

Other routes

You could complete the Level 3 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care before taking Racehorse Trainer Modules.

You could then apply for a trainer's licence from the British Horseracing Authority.

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Further information

You can find out more about about working in horse racing from careersinracing.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work on your own
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You must gain a trainer 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

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include: 

  • working out daily training and exercise routines
  • planning feeding programmes for each horse
  • monitoring horses’ development
  • talking to staff and vets about any problems
  • supervising stable staff
  • managing preparations and travel for race days
  • keeping racehorse owners up to date with their horses’ progress
  • dealing with administrative work like training records, wages and payments

Working environment

You could work at a race track, at a riding stable or in an office.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

Career path and progression

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

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Yard Groom

  • Wage : £136.50 Weekly
  • Location: Houghton Le Spring DH4 7ER

Courses In England

Level 1 Diploma in Work-Based Horse Care (Foundation)

  • Provider: REASEHEATH COLLEGE
  • Start date: 07 September 2020
  • Location: PRESCOT

BTEC Diploma in Horse Care Level 2

  • Provider: KIRKLEES COLLEGE
  • Start date: 07 September 2020
  • Location: HUDDERSFIELD

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