What is an apprentice jockey

What is an apprentice jockey


An apprentice jockey is thoroughbred, quarterhorse and appaloosa race rider who has ridden less than one year and less than 45 winners since first having been licensed in any racing jurisdiction. A licensed rider aged between 16 and 25 who is working their way up the ladder towards becoming a full professional. Apprentice jockeys usually race on the flat and the horses must carry a certain amount of weight, they have a weight allowance in races as their chances of winning are not as high as the professional jockeys. But after they have won 20 races, they will have a weight allowance of 7lbs to increase their chances of winning and it will continue drops to 3lbs. Once they reaches 95 wins, they become a professional jockey and no longer have a weight claim.

Jockeys must follow a strict diet and personal training program in order to keep their weight at specific levels. As an apprentice or trainee, must enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling to complete training towards a nationally recognized qualification. Jockeys complete a 4 year indentured apprenticeship with a Racing NSW licensed trainer. Being a jockey is physically, mentally tough and even in dietary. It is essential that apprentice jockeys have their opportunity to prove themselves, whilst trainers and owners may prefer somebody with more experience under their breeches to ride their horses.

Apprentice Jockeys are paid a set wage, which increases each year during the apprenticeship. The real money for jockeys comes from prize money, if they can ride a horse to finish first, second or third in a race and earn part of the purse. The life of an apprentice 경마 jockey is not an easy one. There are no guarantees, no off seasons, and the competition gets tougher with more success and recognition. Staying on top is as hard or even harder than getting there. Jockeys must be very strong even their weights must also be light. Though there is no height limit for jockeys, they are usually fairly short due to the weight limits. In terms of rules and technicalities in the world of horse racing, a horse cannot win a race without a jockey. Learn more...

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