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Trackwork Rider

You ride racehorses on the training track, usually early in the morning. You will be a good rider, have good balance and a feel for pacework (working at different speeds). You may work for more that one employer.
Personal Qualities

You need to weigh less than 65kg and have a fairly small frame. You need to enjoy working with horses and not mind early morning starts. You need good communication skills - listening (to the trainer's instructions) and speaking (to explain the feel of the horse to the trainer). You need to be flexible but reliable.
Qualifications and Experience
Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork rider)

Training takes place through an approved Racing NSW Training Provider, and in the workplace with the assistance of experienced jockeys who have been appointed as Racing Industry Representatives.


Often in racing there is a shortage of track riders. For many track riders this is a part time job, which is completed early in the day. It can be combined with being a stablehand/strapper, a student or working in another sector. You could ride up to 10 horses per morning (depending on the track and the work pattern of the horses). Horses are usually worked 6 mornings per week.

Teacher and students at the Track Riding course at Richmond

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