1. Where can I learn to be a Jockey?

    Members, Schools at a Glance

    Are you interested in becoming a Jockey or part of the horse racing industry?
    Our members have a variety of training opportunities

    Many have formal schools that offer training ranging from 15 weeks to four years which is accredited by the educational authority of the member country: recognized by the industry within their country for licence preparation for a variety of horse racing jobs and roles.
    Other members have informal training centers at their tracks and/or training farms than may result in preparing for obtaining the required licence to work in a specific job at that specific track

    Click on the world region that interests you and see what training is offered “at a glance”. Click on the link of your world region.

  3. I have been invited to compete in a IFHRA /or IFRHA World Championship Race in UK. Are their any special rules I need to know?

    JOCKEY EQUIPMENT:  A new BHA Rule came into force last year for all jockeys riding in the UK; all jockeys must wear updated jockey skull caps and also updated body protectors or they will not be allowed to ride and will also be fined £290 each.

    • All jockeys must wear the following skull caps:
      (BS) EN 1384: 2012*, PAS 015: 2011 or CSN EN 1384: 2012*; and
      • The skull cap must not have a chin cup, cradle or draw lace.
      • The chin strap must pass under the jaw and be attached to the harness by a quick release buckle.
      • The skull cap must not have metal hooks.

      Fitting of skull cap:
      The skull cap must be of the correct size for the Rider and must be correctly fitted and fastened. The face harness must be correctly adjusted and the chin strap fastened at all times when the Rider is mounted on a horse.

    • All jockeys must wear the following body protectors:
      Riders must wear a SAFETY VEST carrying the EN 13158: 2009.  ANY JOCKEY WITHOUT THIS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO WEIGH OUT!  The rider will also be liable to a FINE of £290!

    All jockeys will be loaned the appropriate skull caps and body protectors to wear for the race if they do not possess the correct equipment.

    Last updated: July 26/2016