Apprentice Jockey

You will ride horses in races and have the potential for an exciting and rewarding career. You will approach trainers and owners to secure rides, follow instructions on the race plan and communicate the horses performance. You will be running your own business.

Personal Qualities

You have a small frame and ideally weigh less than 48kg. You enjoy physical activities and outdoors work, and have a strong will to win. You need to be motivated, well presented and have excellent communication skills. You can follow instructions, work well both unsupervised and with others.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Certificate IV in Racing (Apprentice Jockey)

Jockeys do a 4 year indentured apprenticeship with a TRNT licensed trainer. You learn both on-the-job at work and off-the-job through Charles Darwin University. You will learn about riding horses in trackwork, barrier trials and racing. You will also learn a wide range skills and knowledge related to the racing industry.

Job Opportunities

At present, there is a shortage of jockeys, and there is a need for more apprentices. Earnings from race rides and prize money are held in trust by TRNT until the apprentice jockey turns 18. Jockeys and apprentices are paid $132 (GST inclusive) a ride at race meetings and receive 5% of prize money. Successful jockeys and apprentices may average between 4 and 6 race rides per week.

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