Jockeys ride racehorses at race meetings, in trials and for exercise.
Duties & Tasks
Jockeys may perform the following tasks:receive instructions from trainers and owners before racesride horses during exercises, race trials and racesjudge the abilities of each horse and the best tactics to use to win each racediscuss performance of horses with trainers after races or exercise gallopsreport anything that may have affected the horse's performance in a race to stewards and other racing authoritiesanswer stewards' enquiries regarding the performance of their horsestudy videotapes of races to improve their own performance and to determine the best way to ride certain horses, after discussion with the trainermaintain their own riding equipment, including saddles and boots.
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.
- enjoy working with horses light build athletic, with a good sense of balance steady nerves competitive age and weight limits apply.