Think you have to be short and lightweight to work in horseracing? Below we answer common misconceptions about the sport of horseracing.
I am too tall to work in racing
There is no height limit for riding racehorses, to ride racehorses there is a weight limit for the welfare of the racehorses but height is unrestricted.
You have to be able to ride a horse to work in racing
Whilst having previous riding experience is beneficial, it is by no means essential. Many apprenticeship students have no riding or horse handling experience as all of this is taught during the apprenticeship. There are also many other jobs in the racing industry which are office based, so no horse handling or riding skills are required.
Working in horseracing offers limited career progression
The horseracing industry offers a wide variety of job roles at varying levels, there are entry points for apprentices and graduates as well as a postgraduate MBA degree. Through Racing Welfare’s Careers Advice and Training Service and BHA’s Careersinracing Team, careers advice and support is available for all those working in the industry.
I have to have experience to work in Horseracing
Apprenticeships are a common route into the horseracing industry for young people and require no previous horse riding or handling experience. There are apprenticeships on offer in both the racing and breeding sides through the Northern Racing College, National Stud, The British Racing School and Haddon Training.
I don't want to be a jockey, so working in racing is not for me
There are such a variety of careers on offer in the horseracing industry that there really is something for everyone. There are both practical roles working directly with horses and commercial/business roles at racecourses and racing authority's.
Working with horses is poorly paid
Horseracing is the only equestrian discipline to have a wage agreement in place for Stable Staff. Other benefits include a pension scheme, RIABS insurance and pool money.