Sport, Fitness & Recreation

Jockey

Jockeys are brought in by trainers to ride racehorses at race meetings, for training and exercise and at trials.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

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What does a Jockey do?

Jockeys are brought in by trainers to ride racehorses at race meetings, for training and exercise and at trials.

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Work activities

As a jockey, you would:

  • exercise horses every day
  • practise racing techniques with your horse
  • plan tactics with the trainer before a race
  • race your horse according to the plan agreed with the trainer
  • travel with horses to and from race meetings
  • follow a strict diet and exercise routine to maintain your fitness and weight.
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Key skills and interests

To become a jockey, you would need:

  • a passion and skill for riding horses
  • good physical fitness
  • good teamwork skills
  • quick thinking and reaction skills
  • good eyesight
  • dedication and determination
  • calmness under pressure.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a jockey you would work a standard number of hours each week. You may need to start work early in the morning if you need to exercise horses, Races meetings take place during the week, but more commonly, at weekends. Pre-race training may require long work hours.

Conditions

Horse racing can be dangerous and poses some risk of injury. The role can be physically draining and demanding. Your body shape and stature will determine your potential suitability to become a jockey.

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How to become an Jockey?

Entry Level Education

To become a jockey you have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Racing (Jockey). Generally employers require a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

In some states you may require a licence to work as a jockey. You require a National Police Check and full medical exam.

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Job outlook

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Most jockeys have extensive experience with horses and gain employment through knowledge of, or contacts in, the horse racing or equestrian industries.

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