Careers in Racing

A-Z of careers

An easy to browse list of some of the many jobs in the industry.  Remember some of these jobs are very specialized and there may only be a handful of people in the country doing them.

You will also see some interesting casestudies - learn more about how these people got involved.

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  • Advanced Flag Operator

    Employed by the racecourse, an Advanced Flag Operator is responsible for making sure horses and riders stop racing in the event of a false start at the beginning of a race.

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  • Betting Investigator/analyst

    Working as part of the British Horseracing Authority Integrity Services team.  Responsible for investigating and researching betting activity, including betting exchanges to help pinpoint...

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  • Bloodstock Agent

    I have always been fanatical about racing and have followed it from a young age.  I gained a place on the British Horseracing Board Graduate Development Programme after finishing university...

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  • Bookmaker

    There are a range of roles from on and off course bookmakers, in shops and online.  The Betting Industry is large with many opportunities.

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  • Catering Staff

    From lavish receptions in private marquees to aftenoon teas and everything in between, catering in the racing industry is big business.  Waiting staff and chefs at all levels are always in...

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  • Clerk of the Course

    Responsible for all matters relating to turf management and raceday preparation.  In conjuntion with the racecourse manager you will also deal with race planning an aim to achieve an optimum...

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  • Clerk of the Scales

    Working as part of the British Horseracing Authority Raceday Officials team, the Clerk of the Scales is responsible for weighing jockeys before and after a race under the rules and regulations of...

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  • Equine Welfare Integrity Officer

    My name is Jeremy (Jez) Willis.  I am originally from Petworth in West Sussex where I started out riding ponies then hunters and polo ponies, and also Point to Pointers. This is probably...

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  • Event Manager

    Responsible for the safe, efficient and sucessful operation of all events on racedays and non racedays, liaising with clients, events team and hospitality.

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  • Farrier

    You will be responsible for looking after the horses shoeing requirements.  Working regularly in trainers yards and at racecourses. Learn more about what a farrier's role involves on a...

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  • Finance Assistant

    Responsible for purchase ledger, sales ledger, treasurey etc.  Finance staff are employed at racecourses and other racing adminstration companies such as BHA, Weatherbys etc.

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  • Finance Controller

    Managing financial and company secretarial matters.  Finance staff are employed at racecourses and other racing adminstrative companies such as BHA, Weatherbys etc.

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  • Groundstaff

    Depending on its size a racecourse can have a Ground Team of between two and thirty people.  Working in all weathers and often during unsociable hours, you'll ensure the track and all its...

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  • Handicapper

    In this pivotal role, you would need to have outstanding analytical skills to produce the handicap ratings for European Pattern and UK Handicap races.  These judgements help produce the kind...

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  • Head Groundsman

    My name is Carl Tonks and I work as Head Groundsman at Ripon Racecourse. I enjoyed the atmosphere and family feel of the work. I was at agricultural college and realised the farming...

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  • Head Racing Groom

    Also known as Yard Manager, this role mainly involves taking charge of the Stable Staff team and ensuring the yard runs smoothly on a day to day basis. There is lots of responsibility and you will...

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  • Horse Transporter

     Responsible for transporting horses to and from racemeetings, stable yards and even abroad.

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  • Inspector of Courses

    Working as part of the British Horseracing Authority Raceday Officials team.  You will advise racecourses on the safety and integrity requirements of the Authority to ensure their smooth and...

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  • Investigating Officer

    Working as part of the British Horseracing Authority Officias team.  Responsible for conducting a range of investigations that uphold the integrity of horseracing in the UK both on and off...

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  • Jockey

    If you want to become a jockey, you will start off by being an Apprentice (flat) or Conditional (jump) jockey and will have to attend many training courses in the process to become...

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  • Jockeys Agent

    Jockey Agents are responsible for booking jockeys rides, advertising opportunities, liaising with the jockey and media for interviews and appearances. They are licensed by the British Horseracing...

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  • Journalist

    Writing about the complex and exciting world of racing is a fascinating job. Whether you're reporting from racedays, writing about changes in the industry or interviewing some of racing's...

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  • Judge

    Working as part of the British Horseracing Authority Raceday Officials team.  A Judge announces the placings of each race, including the analysis of the photo finish when...

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  • Marketing Executive

    My name is Erin and I work as a Marketing Executive at Ripon Racecourse. I initially chose a career within Marketing and fell into the Horse Racing industry through a friend who is...

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  • Nominations Executive

    My name is Kevin Sommerville and I work for Juddmonte Farms. I was born in Pretoria, South Africa.  I went to school at Pretoria Boys High School and after completing a Bachelor of...

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  • Operations Manager

    With overall responsibility for Health and Safety, and the day to day operation of a racecouse working closely wth sales & hospitality and catering teams.

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  • Pedigree Researcher

    Based at Weatherbys who control the Thoroughbred Stud book, this role involved researching and editing pedigrees.

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  • Personal Assistant

    A number of Personal Assistants's and general admin staff are employed by racecourses and other companies within the racing industry. Often they will supply admin duties to Chairmans, Chief...

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  • Racecourse Executive

    A Racecourse Executive can be responsible for a variety of areas at a racecourse. Often they will speak to sponsors, arrange presentations, sort out the trophies and prizes following a race and...

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  • Racecourse Safety Officer

    Each racecourse has a Safety Officer to ensure that the Police, Security Team and Managing Executive are in control and in contact.  You'll be responsible for producing careful incident...

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  • Raceday Official

    My name is Hugh Barclay. I was born in Prestwick, Scotland and after attending Allow School and Belmont Academy, I worked on my father’s farm just outside Ayr.  I can remember...

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  • Racehorse Trainer

    My name is Diana Grisell and I am a racehorse trainer.  I was brought up in a hunting/racing/farming family in Cambridgeshire and always had a fanatical interest in racing. My racing career...

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  • Racing Groom

    My name is Kate Phizacklea and I work for racehorse trainer Dan Skelton in Alcester, Warwickshire. I am currently a trainee Racing Groom, studying for my Apprenticeship in Racehorse Care....

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  • Racing Secretary

    My name is Joline Saunders and I work for the racehorse trainer Richard Phillips. I have always loved horses and horse racing in particular from an early age.  My parents used to take me...

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  • Sponsorship/VAT Helpdesk

    My name is Grace Martyn, and I work on the BHA Sponsorship/VAT Helpdesk at Weatherbys. I didn’t know much about the racing industry before working at Weatherbys (the odd flutter on the Grand...

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  • Stallion Handler

    Working at a stud you will be a specialist in handling stallions around the yard and during the breeding process.

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  • Starter

    Working as part of the British Horseracing Authority Raceday Officials team, the Starter is in charge of ensuring that each horse has a fair start and ensuring the race starts on time.  The...

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  • Stipendiary Steward

    Working as part of the British Horseracing Authority Raceday Officials team, the Stipendiary Steward's role ensures all races are run smoothly and within the rules of racing at all meetings....

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  • Stud Groom

    A senior role in a stud, stud grooms are second in command to the stud manager.  Responsibilities includ care of welfare of horses, and the managing and training of staff.

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  • Stud Hand

    You'll be in charge of mares and foals from grooming to mucking out and assisting throughout the breeding season. You can study for an Apprenticeship in Work Based Racehorse Care (Breeding...

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  • Stud Manager

    A largely office based role you will be responsible for the business side of the stud, alongside overseeing the welfare of the horses. You might be involved in breeding some of the best horses in...

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  • Stud Secretary

    Working at a stud the role involves liaising with owners to handling accounts and maintaining records.  The tasks you perform will make sure the stud runs smoothly.

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  • Trainer

    A Trainer is responsible for running the entire yard as a business enterprise responsible for the staff, training the horses and all aspects of management.  It takes many years of experience...

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  • Travelling Head Racing Groom

    My name is Guy Anstey and I work as Travelling Head Racing Groom at Warren Greatrex Racing. I’d ridden horses from an early age, and had a keen interest in Racing from my early teens. I...

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  • Travelling Staff

    You will have responsibility for taking horses to racemeetings.  You will ensure that all the horses equipment is transported to the racecourse and on arrival you will help with various tasks...

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  • Veterinary Officer

    Working on behalf of the British Horseracing Authority to implement all veterinary apects of racing from health and welfare to drug testing.

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  • Work Rider

    Work Riders can be employed by a Trainer or are self employed.  Their main role is to exercise the horses on a daily basis and don't get so involved in yard duties. Learn more, view...

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