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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 Authority and the Professional Jockeys Association riding fee agreement rates for 2017 are:

Conditions

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
2970
5.1 %
RISE
2023
3121
  United Kingdom
2018
19482
2.9 %
RISE
2023
20043

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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.

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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/
Twitter: @ABRS_1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Association-Of-British-Riding-Schools-341385065972241/?ref=hl

British Horse Society (BHS)
Tel: 02476 840500
E-mail: enquiry@bhs.org.uk
Website: http://www.bhs.org.uk/
Twitter: @BritishHorse
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBritishHorseSociety

British Racing School (BRS)
Tel: 01638 665103
E-mail: enquiries@brs.org.uk
Website: http://www.brs.org.uk
Twitter: @BRSNewmarket
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BRSNewmarket/

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: http://www.lantra.co.uk/scotland
Twitter: @LantraScotland
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lantrascotland/

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

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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