Work Rider

A Work Rider’s main role is to exercise the horses on a daily basis and some don’t get so involved in yard duties. Most Work Riders, would start as a Racing Groom having completed an Apprenticeship in Racehorse Care, before becoming more specialised and just exercising racehorses.

Average starting salary

Above National Minimum Wage

Average hours per week

40 Hours

Job availability



Riding experience needed

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

  • Riding out several horses per day
  • Opportunities to go racing
  • Horse care

Who you’ll work with

  • Racing Grooms
  • Yard Staff
  • Head Groom
  • Trainer

Skills & Knowledge

  • Previous experience of handling horses
  • Ride to a high standard
  • Good team ethic

How to get into this role

To get into the role of Work Rider, you would need excellent riding skills.  Many Work Riders start out by completing an Apprenticeship in Racehorse Care whilst working in a racing yard. Many Work Riders ride for several different Trainers, riding a few horses at each yard.

Career Progression

With experience and the right training you could potentially progress to becoming a jockey or developing your skills and going down the yard management route.

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