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
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- specialist courses run by professional bodies
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.
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
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
- media training
- health and safety
- racing welfare
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.
You can find out more about about working in horse racing from careersinracing.
Skills and knowledge
- 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
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
You could work at a race track, at a riding stable or in an office.
Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.
With experience you could become a specialist racing consultant, trainer instructor, bloodstock agent or thoroughbred breeder.