The Transport of Horses Qualifications

The racing industry is a diverse and exciting world to work in. When millions of people watch a race such as the Grand National, it is the culmination of a huge number of people and organisations.

British horseracing is among the world’s best regulated animal activities. The 14,000 horses registered in training at any one time enjoy a quality of life virtually unsurpassed by any other domesticated animal.

The industry employs over 6,500 people to provide constant care and attention for these horses and their welfare. The career paths in the industry are many. The common theme of all is a passion for horses, racing and the community around it.

There are so many different types of jobs in the racing industry, you will need to have a good think about what your skills are and where you might most enjoy working.

1st4sport Qualifications is the official awarding organisation for the racing and breeding industries.

These qualifications have been developed by the British Horseracing Authority and 1st4sport Qualifications, and are supported by employers and the horseracing industry.

THE TRANSPORT OF HORSES BY ROAD ON SHORT JOURNEYS

Choose this qualification if you’ll be involved in transporting horses on short journeys (under 65km or eight hours). You should be at least 16 years of age and have experience of working with and handling horses.

You will learn about:

  • the principles of transporting horses by road on short journeys.

THE TRANSPORT OF HORSES ON LONG JOURNEYS

This qualification is for you if you’ll be involved in transporting horses on long journeys (over 65km or eight hours). You should have experience of working with and handling horses, and you’ll need to provide a horsebox for your assessment.

Choose the right unit for your role:

  • Attendant (you should be at least 16 years of age)
  • Attendant/Driver (you should be at least 17 years of age and hold a driving licence for the appropriate vehicle class)

You will be assessed through:

  • a multiple-choice exam
  • observation of your skills in loading, unloading and transporting horses
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