Jockeys ride racehorses at race meetings, in trials and for exercise.
To become a jockey you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Racing (Jockey). 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.
Jockeys may perform the following tasks:
A jockey's time is usually split between early morning trackwork and riding at race meetings. Apprentice jockeys often live at the stables and may initially be required to perform the same work as stablehands. Jockeys must pay careful attention to diet and exercise, as they have to keep their weight down.
Apprentice jockeys work for racehorse trainers. At the completion of the contract of training, jockeys become self-employed and work with racehorse trainers and owners to obtain rides in races. The number of people who make a living as a jockey is small, and only a few will be successful. Jockeys who do succeed can become national figures and receive high incomes from riding fees, as well as percentages of prize money. Those who find that they do not have the qualities needed to be a successful jockey may continue in the industry as stablehands, trackwork riders, farriers, float drivers and track officials. Some become licensed horse trainers.