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Track Rider

VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Medical Exams Police Check

Also known as Racehorse Exercise Rider and Racehorse Track Rider.

Track riders exercise racehorses on behalf of horse trainers so that they may be fit for racing.

Track riders often work early mornings in order to avoid the heat of the day.

They may also work weekend and afternoon shifts.

Many work in part-time positions for multiple employers.

TASKS

    Track riders may perform the following tasks:

  • follow an exercise training programme laid out by the horse trainer
  • walk, gallop and trot horses regularly, according to the training programme
  • make reports to the trainer on horses' progress and performance
  • monitor horses' health and temperament and report signs of injury and illness
  • perform stable duties such as washing, feeding and saddling horses

PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • enjoy working with horses
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • light build
  • good communication skills
  • enjoy outdoor work

Interest Area

Outdoor Manual/Practical

EDUCATION & TRAINING


VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Medical Exams Police Check

To become a track rider you usually have to complete a VOC qualification in racing (trackrider). As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education.

You can also become a track rider through a traineeship in Racing (Trackrider).

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.


Additional Information

    In NSW, you must be licensed in order to work as a track rider. To qualify for a licence, you must undergo a medical assessment and you may be required to obtain a National Police Certificate. Contact Racing NSW for more information.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Track riders are employed by horse trainers and may find work at racetracks around Australia. There are also opportunities for freelance work as many track riders work for more than one employer.

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