Conditional 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.


Conditional Jockeys licence



Study type

Full-time, Residential, Doncaster

Course overview

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

There also practical elements to the course:

  • Riding work Schooling
  • Fitness assessment
  • Simulator assessment

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


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

What will you learn

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.

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