Barrier Attendants are responsible for the loading of horses into the barriers on race days. They provide vital support for the jockeys and horses in and behind the barriers. Some horses wear gear that is only worn on the way to the barriers and it must be removed by the barrier attendants prior to the race start. They must also communicate with the starter to ensure all horses are ready and able to be released for a fair start to the race each time.
Barrier Attendants must have experience in handling horses and are employed by Race Clubs. As it is a job that only involves work on race days, most barrier attendants also hold other jobs.
Barrier Attendants may also work as stablehands and move into this field when their horse handling skills become more advanced. Generally, the base qualifications will be the same but some states offer additional training on the required skill sets for Barrier Attendants.
RGR10208 – Certificate I in Racing (Stablehand)
RGR20108 – Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand)
RGR30208 – Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand)
Further information can be found on the RWWA website: