Racing NSW, TAFE NSW Western Sydney

Apprentice Jockey

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This qualification is from the Racing Industry Training Package. It is for people who want to work as a jockey for a thoroughbred racing environment. As a jockey you will possess the highest level of race riding and horse handling skills, as well as a high degree of decision-making skills, to exercise judgement during races when choosing and assessing mounts.

Jockeys must also communicate the performance and fitness of the horse to trainers and owners at the end of a race, which requires in-depth understanding of anatomy, physiology and horse health in the context of a competitive environment. There is an absolute restriction on the weight of jockeys, a requirement for a high degree of physical fitness and a constant reliance on performance to obtain income.

It is also an occupation where non-adherence to rules or poor performance can result in fines or suspensions from riding; consequently, knowledge of rules and legal procedures is essential. As racing is conducted at a wide range of local, national and international venues, you will be required to identify, analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources.

Subjects

Core: Apply first aid; Manage personal health and fitness; Develop riding skills for flatwork; Attend horses at trackwork; Develop basic trackwork riding skills; Prepare for self-management in racing; Ride horses in jump outs; Participate in protests, inquiries and appeals; Deal with conflict; plus more. Electives: Communicate electronically; Participate in media interviews for racing; Set goals to improve racing performance; plus more.

Entry Requirements

Year 10 or equivalent; or industry experience.

Course Comments

Depending on units chosen, students may exit early with the Certificate III in Racing - Trackrider.

Jockey Diet Plan (PDF, 20KB)

Apprentice Jockey Diary (PDF, 194KB)

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