How to become a Track Rider

Track riders exercise racehorses on behalf of horse trainers so that they may be fit for racing.

Personal requirements of a Track Rider

  • Enjoy working with horses
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Light build
  • Good communication skills
  • Enjoy outdoor work

Education & Training for a Track Rider

To become a track rider you usually have to complete a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a track rider through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

You must be licensed in order to work as a track rider. To qualify for a licence, you must undergo a medical assessment. You may also be required to fulfill training requirements and obtain a National Police Certificate.

Duties & Tasks of a Track Rider

Track riders:

  • follow an exercise training program laid out by the horse trainer
  • walk, gallop and trot horses regularly, according to the training program
  • make reports to the trainer on horses' progress and performance
  • monitor horses' health and temperament and report signs of injury and illness
  • perform stable duties such as washing, feeding and saddling horses.

Working conditions for a Track Rider

Track riders often work early mornings in order to avoid the heat of the day. They may also work weekend and afternoon shifts. Many work in part-time positions for multiple employers.

Employment Opportunities for a Track Rider

Track riders are employed by horse trainers and may find work at racetracks around Australia. There are also opportunities for freelance work as many track riders work for more than one employer.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 0.6%

NSW NSW 25.1%

NT NT 0.6%

QLD QLD 17.3%

SA SA 5.9%

TAS TAS 2.7%


WA WA 11.7%

Hours worked:



Higher unemployment

Gender split:

Male 61.5%

Female 38.5%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 20.9%

Not completed Year 12: 25.9%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 14.4%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 21.6%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 6.6%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 10.6%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 14.1%

20-24 - 12.7%

25-34 - 25.9%

35-44 - 12.8%

45-54 - 16.4%

55-59 - 5.8%

60-64 - 5.3%

65 and Over - 7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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