Next NSW Race
Strapper/Stablehand

You will be responsible for preparing horses for daily trackwork and presenting horses on raceday. Your role will include general horse care; feeding, grooming and rugging. You will gain an understanding of horse nutrition, fitness, injury prevention and care, and the thoroughbred industry in general.

Personal Qualities

You have a passion for working with horses and are energetic though patient and calm. You enjoy working outdoors and being busy, and you don't mind working split shifts. You have good observational skills, genuinely care for horses and enjoy working in a team.

Qualifications and Experience
  • Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand) is available as a traineeship combining on-the-job and off-the-job training, or you may choose a full time course
  • Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand) - as above. This course may be completed as a traineeship in the workplace or full time over one year.

Each course and all your options are offered by Racing NSW' training partnership with TAFE NSW known as AREA (Australian Racing and Equine Academy)

Opportunities

Caring for racehorses is very labour intensive. There are currently a large number of Non-Rider Stablehands and Rider/Stablehands (who also ride trackwork or a lead pony) employed in NSW. Stablehands can progress to stable foreperson in a large stable or become a licensed racehorse trainer, or change into other areas of the racing industry.

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