Amateur Rider Category A Permit NHC

Riders wishing to ride as Amateurs will need to pass a two day Category A course which includes a Seminar and assessment day. Amateur Riders who have ridden upwards of 15 winners under rules or 20 winners in Point to Points and who wish to ride in Steeplechase or Hurdle races must take a five-day Category B Course.


The seminar is run over two days


Two Days

Study type

Full-time, Residential, Doncaster

Course overview

The applicant must have already attended a Category A Seminar. As part of the assessment, the applicant will be required to undertake an evaluation of their fitness.

The applicant must be proficient and experienced in the following:

Control: Judgment will be made on the rider’s ability to control a racehorse at speed. The rider should be able to restrain the horse (whilst keeping the horse and him/her self in a balanced position) alongside another horse and rider on the gallop. The rider should be able to slow the horse down to a speed required when asked.

Jumping: For a Jumping only license the rider will need to be able to school over race type hurdles at speed, without unduly hindering the horse.

Stalls: For a Flat only license the rider should be capable of jumping a horse out of the stalls without unduly hindering their or other horse’s progress and direction. The BHA in conjunction with the NHC and the BRS have produced a short video outlining all the disciplines which you should have had previous experience in prior to your assessment. It also covers all the other elements of the assessment process.


Before you apply for your Licence you should have completed your Level 2 Diploma in Racehorse Care. You would also be expected to be confident and competent at the below:

  • Galloping a racehorse at speed
  • Riding work on a racehorse
  • Jumping a racehorse over hurdles and fences
  • Riders wishing to ride under either category must also undergo a full medical examination and meet the standards for Fitness to Ride and the Assessment of Concussion protocol

The course fee is £260 per flat or jump only and £320 for dual licence.

Important Information
To complete your application, you must also return the Trainers Reference Form, together with video evidence of going through stalls and or schooling over fences. Please note we must receive this at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the course. You will not be able to attend the course if you have not sent video evidence together with a completed trainer’s reference.

For further information or to book please contact Sarah Beattie:
01302 861000

What will you learn

  • Racecourse procedures / visit to the weighing room
  • BHA Rules of Racing
  • BHA Security – Inside information
  • Principles of Schooling and Jumping
  • Amateur Jockeys Association
  • Simulator Session

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