Amateur Rider Category B 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 designed to provide future Amateur Riders with information about their role and responsibilities on the Racecourse. The Seminar day is theory based.


Five Days

Study type

Full-time, Residential, Doncaster

Course overview

Category B Permit holders may ride in Flat Races confined to Amateur Riders, Steeplechase or Hurdle Races, except those confined to Licensed Conditional Jockeys, and in all National Hunt Flat Races.

The applicant must attend a five day training course. To be eligible for this training the rider must have had at least 15 completed rides under the Rules of Racing. The majority of which must be over obstacles or at least 20 completed rides in Point to Points and/or under the Rules of Racing.

Generally, applications for Category B Permits are made by those who have already held a Category A Permit.

More Information here 


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

On completion of this course a report will be written and forwarded to the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

For amateur riders there are a limited number of places funded by the British Horseracing Authority and once these places have been offered the cost is £757.00 (inc VAT).

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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