The duties of a Stablehand include grooming, feeding, walking, keeping the stable clean, saddling up and attending the races with horses to ensure they are safe at all times.  Some Stablehands ride track work in the mornings too.

Racehorses require constant care and attention to ensure they are performing at their best; this means Stablehands are required to be at work early in the morning and again in the afternoon.  The morning shifts may commence as early as 3:30am-4.00am depending on the size of the stable to meet the individual needs of each thoroughbred under the direction of the Trainer. When a Stablehand returns in the afternoons they ensure thoroughbreds are walked, groomed, fed, have adequate water and rugged in the cooler months.

During each shift the Stablehand maybe required to work as part of a team, in some situations supervise others or act autonomously in a limited capacity too.

A Stablehand can be required to attend race meetings during the day as well as the evening where they are required to prepare the thoroughbred for its race, wash and dry the horse before loading the horse onto and off the float.

Stablehand's must be licensed by their respective Principal Racing Authority (PRA) and are employed by Racehorse Trainers.  In addition, there are strict regulatory requirements relating to horse handling skills and fitness of character, the relevant PRA has recognised courses within each state or territory which every Stablehand must complete to be eligible for employment.

Available Courses

RGR10208 – Certificate I in Racing (Stablehand)
RGR20108 – Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand)
RGR30208 – Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand)

Racing Queensland
T: (07) 3869 9737
Rhonda McCallum
P: 03 5723 6229
Melbourne Polytechnic
Debbie Jones
P: 03 9269 1200
Skillinvest Limited
Office Administration: 03 5381 6200
David Cookson
M: 0439 552 402
Kim Packer
M: 0418 349 269
Racing Industry Skills Centre
Vicki Moro
P: 03 5449 3590
South West TAFE
Lisa Coffey
P: 0400 519 483
New South Wales
Australian Racing and Equine Academy (RTO 90000)
P: 1800 200 724
Richmond College, Cnr Blacktown Road and Campus Drive, Richmond NSW 2753
  • AREA delivers training in a partnership agreement with RNSW
  • Smart and Skilled Training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • ACT Training is subsidised under the ACT Government Funding Agreement
NSW Training Requirements
Online Safety Induction: All new licensees in NSW must complete the online HorseSafe Racing Industry Safety Induction.
Register at Training: To be eligible for Racing NSW's 1.5% prizemoney bonus scheme, licensees must obtain, or be in the process, of achieving a National Qualification in their vocation (Certificate II, III in Stablehand and Advanced Stablehand, Certificate III Trackrider)
Western Australia

Further information can be found on the RWWA website:

Skillinvest - 1300 308 620
Tafe Tasmania - 1300 655 307 or 6777 2634
Marion Dalco (Thoroughbreds) - 0407 434 054
South Australia
Skillinvest Limited
Office Administration: 03 5381 6200
David Cookson
M: 0439 552 402
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