CAREERS

Head Person

What is a Head Person?

The Head Person takes responsibility for the smooth running of the Yard

Sometimes known as the Yard Manager, a Head Person is in charge of the entire team of Stable Staff, and makes sure the yard works optimally.

You will work closely with the Trainer on a daily basis to establish what needs doing at the yard then allocate the work to the staff and complete your own duties. These include breaking young horses, monitoring the feeding regime, dealing with veterinary issues and carrying out medical treatments as directed by the vet.

What does it take?

A good Head Person has strong leadership and organisational skills and can work well under pressure

To do this job you will need to have good communication skills and be able to deal with staff fairly and effectively.

It’s a role suitable for someone who has attained considerable experience working in a racing yard. To help improve your skills you can take an Level 3 Apprenticeship Senior Equine Groom (Racing) course.

Benefits

You will receive pay in line with (or above) the highest pay grade

It’s also a good step towards the top positions in the racing industry. There is immense job satisfaction with this role, especially when you see a horse from your yard winning for the first time.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO RACING?

From a young age my parents would go to a lot of the big national hunt meetings through work so me and my brothers would always watch it from home, I would say from then onwards I got the racing bug.

WHAT TRAINING HAVE YOU DONE?

Through school I did work experience for Gold Cup Winning trainer Jim Culloty and Tommy Cooper. I also worked for Donal O’Shea a small trainer who lived just down the road from me at home. Once I finished school I made the move over to England, where I completed my level 2 at the British Racing School from there I went on to work for Mark Tompkins, Donald McCain and now Kim Bailey.

DO YOU HAVE A FURTHER CAREER AMBITION?

Yes, my main ambition has always been to become a trainer one day. For now though I am just trying to learn as much as I can and I am very lucky to have a great mentor in Matt Nicholls our assistant trainer at Kim Baileys. My next move would hopefully be to become an assistant trainer in the next few years to further my experience on the road to becoming a trainer.

WHY DO YOU ENJOY YOUR JOB?

I enjoy my job because as a head lass now I am learning more everyday from being involved with the vets and farriers to the feeding and daily routines of horses and staff. I also enjoy my job because although at 23 I’m not very old I am quite experienced and very interested in racing and enjoy sharing my knowledge and opinions with the younger members of staff that have ambitions and goals of there own in racing.

Courses

Stable Staff Courses

Yard Managers Course

Two Days

Experience Level:

Experienced

The Yard Managers course is suitable for anyone who currently supervises staff in a racing yard or stud farm. It covers many aspects of administration, leadership and management needed in the day to day running of a racing yard. This course does not to teach practical horse care.

Course Dates

A residential course at The British Racing School
  • 13/05/2019 - 14/05/2019
  • 06/11/2019 - 07/11/2019

Management

Introduction to Management

Four days over 12 weeks £1200

Experience Level:

No experience required

This course is aimed at those working in the racing industry in a management position. It will build on current skills and knowledge to improve candidates performance and prospects of career improvement.

Course Dates

This is a course at The British Racing School
  • 11/04/2019 - 11/04/2019
  • 16/05/2019 - 16/05/2019
  • 13/06/2019 - 13/06/2019
  • 18/07/2019 - 18/07/2019

Management

MANAGEMENT ACADEMY

Eight Months £4800

Experience Level:

Advanced

The Academy provides meaningful, results driven management development, specific to the racing industry. This programme will suit those who aspire to senior roles within your organisation or those who wish to become more effective in their current role.

Course Dates

Training at the British Racing School
  • 10/04/2019 - 10/04/2019
  • 15/05/2019 - 15/05/2019
  • 12/06/2019 - 12/06/2019
  • 17/07/2019 - 17/07/2019
  • 28/08/2019 - 28/08/2019
  • 25/09/2019 - 25/09/2019
  • 23/10/2019 - 23/10/2019

Other

THE RACING INDUSTRY COURSE (TRIC)

One Week £1300.00

Experience Level:

Suitable for middle management

The Racing Industry Course is a week-long residential course designed to teach everything you need to know about the horseracing industry.

Course Dates

Residential training at The British Racing School
  • 28/01/2019 - 01/02/2019

Stable Staff Courses

YARD BASED TRAINING

Experience Level:

Intermediate

Get bespoke training in the familiar surroundings of your yard from the British Racing School industry experts. We come to you to teach you the skills you need.

Course Dates

A course at the British Racing School
  • 30/01/2019 - 30/01/2019
  • 30/01/2019 - 30/01/2019
  • 30/01/2019 - 30/01/2019