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Jockeys ride horses in competitive races, race trials, and for exercise.


  • maintains a high degree of expertise in horse riding
  • attends regular practice sessions and undertakes private training to maintain the required standard of fitness
  • decides on strategies in consultation with coaches
  • assesses other competitors and conditions at venues
  • competes in racing trials and events
  • adheres to the rules and regulations associated with horse racing
  • undertakes sports promotional activities and television appearances.


  • physically demanding
  • stressful
  • working outdoors.

To become a Jockey

  • You can work as a Jockey without formal qualifications, however, a certificate IV in racing (jockey) may be useful. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

    Take a Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)

  • Registration or licencing may be required.

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