Racehorse trainer

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Horse racing trainer, equine trainer

Racehorse trainers run racing stables, manage staff, look after horses’ training and welfare, and prepare them for races.

Salary Range: £15,000 to £45,000

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You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies
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You can work towards this role by starting with a senior equine groom advanced apprenticeship.

This will usually take at least 18 months to complete. You’ll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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You could start at a racing stables as a groom, a rider or instructor. You would then move on to become an assistant trainer before applying for the full trainer’s licence.

As an assistant trainer, you could do a 2-day course at the British Racing School or Northern Racing College, which includes:

  • staff management
  • handicapping
  • media training
  • health and safety
  • racing welfare
  • licensing

Other routes

You could complete the Level 3 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care before taking Racehorse Trainer Modules.

You could then apply for a trainer’s licence from the British Horseracing Authority.

More information

Further information

You can find out more about about working in horse racing from careersinracing.

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Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work on your own
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

To apply for a licence, you’ll need to meet several criteria, including:

  • completing the level 3 diploma in racehorse care and management
  • having a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a racing yard
  • passing pre-licence training courses with the British Racing School at Newmarket, or the Northern Racing College at Doncaster
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Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include: 

  • working out daily training and exercise routines
  • planning feeding programmes for each horse
  • monitoring horses’ development
  • talking to staff and vets about any problems
  • supervising stable staff
  • managing preparations and travel for race days
  • keeping racehorse owners up to date with their horses’ progress
  • dealing with administrative work like training records, wages and payments

Working environment

You could work at a race track, at a riding stable or in an office.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

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With experience you could become a specialist racing consultant, trainer instructor, bloodstock agent or thoroughbred breeder.