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Apprentice Licence

The Apprentice Jockeys licence allows riders aged between 16 and 26 years old, who are in full time paid employment with a UK based Licensed Racehorse Trainer to ride in flat races against professional jockeys, but with a weight allowance to compensate for their inexperience.

As part of the application, the prospective jockey is required to attend, and satisfactorily complete, a two-week course at either the National Horseracing College or the British Racing School. They must also undergo a medical examination and meet the Medical Standards for ‘Fitness to Ride’ and the Assessment of Concussion protocol.

The Course

During the course you will be lectured and assessed on the following:

  • Riding Work and Giving Feedback
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Principles of schooling and jumping
  • Sports Science
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Integrity

There also practical elements to the course:

  • Riding work
  • Stalls
  • Fitness assessment
  • Simulator assessment

On completion of this course a report will be written and forwarded to the British Horseracing Authority

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  • Monday 13th May 2024 - Friday 24th May 2024
  • Monday 18th Nov 2024 - Friday 29th Nov 2024

Experience Needed

Before you apply for your Licence you should have completed your Level 2 Diploma in Racehorse Care.

You would also be expected to be confident and competent at the below:

  • Galloping a racehorse at speed
  • Riding work on a racehorse
  • Jumping a racehorse out of the starting stalls

How To Apply

For a place this course please apply to The British Horseracing Authority on:

The Licensing Team, The British Horseracing Authority, 75 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6LS

020 7152 0145

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