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A jockey rides horses in races for a licenced trainer. There are two specialist kinds of jockey: flat jockeys, who race on flat ground without obstacles, and jump jockeys, who race on tracks where they have to jump over fences, ditches and hurdles.

The Work

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Pay

Pay for professional jockeys vary. You might work for a trainer. Alternatively you might work on a self-employed basis, earning a 'mount' fee plus, if you are one of the winners, a percentage of the prize money for each race. Some jockeys also get sponsorship deals.

The British Racehorse Association and the Professional Jockeys Association riding fee agreement rates for 2016 are:

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

More Information

There are five racecourses in Scotland, at Ayr, Hamilton Park, Kelso, Musselburgh and Perth, each with a dramatically different layout and offering a different challenge. Both men and women can train as jockeys but only a small number of women do so.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS)
Tel: 01403 790294
E-mail: office@abrs-info.org
Website: http://www.abrs-info.org/

British Horse Society (BHS)
Tel: 02476 840500
E-mail: enquiry@bhs.org.uk
Website: http://www.bhs.org.uk/

British Racing School (BRS)
Tel: 01638 665103
E-mail: enquiries@brs.org.uk
Website: http://www.brs.org.uk

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 646762
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: http://www.lantra.co.uk/
Twitter: @LantraUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lantrauk

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

Northern Racing College (NRC)
Tel: 01302 861000
E-mail: info@northernracingcollege.co.uk
Website: http://www.northernracingcollege.co.uk
Website (2): http://www.scottishracing.co.uk

Racing to School
E-mail: info@racingtoschool.co.uk
Website: http://www.racingtoschool.co.uk/

This was formerly known as the British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust (BHEST)

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