Stud Hand

Stud Hand's can choose from jobs listed in many different States in Australia frequently positions are available on historic stud farms in picturesque locations.  Ideally a Stud Hand should have horse handling and, or husbandry skill along with some basic farm knowledge as successful candidates may need to operate equipment like tractors or mowers too.
Duties can include grooming, feeding and walking horses, assisting with sales preparation and presentation of thoroughbreds for the major Australian sales – Weanling, Yearling and Broodmare.  A Stud hand will be required to handle young foals / yearlings as well as older broodmares and maybe stallions.  A Stud hand needs good knowledge about daily requirements for stable duties and be able to provide assistance to a Veterinarian.  A Stud hand may need to be able to apply treatments to wounds and dress them too as well as being on call to watch mares that are due to foal down.
This role is similar to that of a stablehand, however instead of working in racing stables, it is based at a Stud Farm.
Candidates that are hired as a Stud Hand will be employed by the Stud Farm which will could be located in a rural location.  The thoroughbred breeding industry in Australia is large and involves valuable bloodstock, a Stud Hand will need to be responsible and a trustworthy individual with knowledge of this industry.


Stable Hand courses and accreditation would be of great benefit.
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)
Mandatory training also applies for:
Barrier Attendants (Barrier Attendant Skills Set) Flexible training options, including on-the-job delivery, are offered by the Australian Racing and Equine Academy.
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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