Horse trainers supervise the preparation of horses for thoroughbred or harness races, advise and consult with owners and instruct stable staff and jockeys/drivers.
You can work as a horse trainer without formal qualifications, but employers usually require Year 10. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in racing, specialising in jockey, racehorse trainer, trackrider, harness race driver or stablehand. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a horse trainer through a traineeship in Racing (Jockey/Racehorse Trainer/Trackrider/Harness Race Driver/Stablehand/Advanced Stablehand). Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Horse trainers may perform the following tasks:
Horse trainers may be required to work long hours. Much of their work is carried out very early in the morning and they may continue to work all day. Regular weekend work is also required.
Horse trainers are mainly employed in the horse racing industry. They work in horse studs, racing and training stables and riding schools. Some work as freelance coaches and trainers, breaking in, schooling and retraining horses from the racetrack for careers in show jumping, events and dressage. In the larger stables, and with experience, horse trainers may progress to supervisory and managerial positions. Many horse trainers operate their own business, training their own horses or training horses for outside owners and racing syndicates.