Jockeys ride racehorses at race meetings, in trials and for exercise.

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This occupation may include associated occupations with varying tasks.

  • receive instructions from trainers and owners before races
  • ride horses during exercises, race trials and races
  • judge the abilities of each horse and the best tactics to use to win each race
  • discuss performance of horses with trainers after races or exercise gallops
  • report anything that may have affected the horse's performance in a race to stewards and other racing authorities
  • answer stewards' enquiries regarding the performance of their horse
  • study videotapes of races to improve their own performance and to determine the best way to ride certain horses, after discussion with the trainer
  • maintain their own riding equipment, including saddles and boots

Job Titles

  • Jockey

VET (Vocational Education And Training)

  • Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)

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