Apprentice Licence NHC
The Apprentice Jockeys licence allows riders aged between 16 and 26 years old, who are in full time paid employment with a UK based Licensed Racehorse Trainer to ride in flat races against professional jockeys, but with a weight allowance to compensate for their inexperience.
As part of the application, the prospective jockey is required to attend, and satisfactorily complete, a two-week course at either the National Horseracing College or the British Racing School. They must also undergo a medical examination and meet the Medical Standards for ‘Fitness to Ride’ and the Assessment of Concussion protocol.
The Course: During the course you will be lectured and assessed on the following: Riding Work and Giving Feedback, Diet and Nutrition, Principles of schooling and jumping, Sports Science, Rules and Regulations, Integrity. They’re also practical elements to the course: Riding work, Stalls, Fitness assessment, Simulator assessment. On completion of this course a report will be written and forwarded to the British Horseracing Authority
The Course During the course you will be lectured and assessed on the following:
- Riding Work and Giving Feedback
- Diet and Nutrition
- Principles of schooling and jumping
- Sports Science
- Rules and Regulations
There also practical elements to the course:
- Riding work
- Fitness assessment
- Simulator assessment
Before you apply for your Licence you should have completed your Level 2 Diploma in Racehorse Care. You will also be expected to be confident and competent at the below:
- Galloping a racehorse at speed
- Riding work on a racehorse
- Jumping a racehorse out of the starting stalls
What will you learn
This has been designed specifically for the racing industry and is a nationally recognised, skill-based qualification. The awarding body for the qualification is 1st 4 Sport.