Working as part of the British Horseracing Authority Raceday Officials team, the Starter is in charge of ensuring that each horse has a fair start and ensuring the race starts on time. The Starter will work closely with stewards and stalls handlers.

Average starting salary

Above National Minimum Wage

Average hours per week

40 Hours

Job availability



Race riding experience is advantageous, horse handling experience

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

  • Ensuring the race meeting is run in accordance with the BHA Rules and Instructions
  • You will have knowledge of starting rules and procedures and competent computer skills.
  • The role also requires work outside the normal working day including evenings,

Who you’ll work with

  • Stalls Handlers
  • Clerk of the Course
  • Judge

Skills & Knowledge

  • Horse Racing knowledge
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to cope under pressure
  • Horse handling skills

How to get into this role

Take a look at the different jobs roles available in this sector.

Career Progression

Take a look at the different jobs roles available in this sector.


Sign up to our newsletter

Hear all the latest news, events and career info, plus tips and tools to help your career

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users, help us provide you with a good experience and analyse our traffic. We have to collect some data while you use this website. We need this to make the site work, to keep it secure, and to comply with regulations.

We'd also like your consent to collect data while you use this website to help us understand if our website is working well and to learn what content is most useful to visitors. You can accept or reject our analytic cookies (including the collection of associated data) and change your mind at any time. Find out more in our Cookies Policy.