Becoming a Jockey can be a tough but rewarding full time career in a highly competitive sporting industry. Jockeys are licensed and employed by their Principal Racing Authority where they must follow strict integrity guidelines. The relevant PRA pays them a fee for each ride and will also offer a contribution towards their travel costs to and from the races. When they are in their apprenticeship, a jockey will be indentured to a particular trainer, as a senior rider they become free agents. Jockeys will be required to work in both country and metropolitan areas and ride at race meets in all areas to gain experience. There are opportunities for Jockeys to also ride in other countries such as Hong Kong, France, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Apprentices must be at least 15 years of age and be a lightly framed individual to ensure they can make the riding weights required.
NSW Training Requirements