Stable Staff

What do Stable Staff do?

Stable Staff are the backbone of every racing yard

They are the men and women who look after and ride the racehorses every day. Becoming a member of Stable Staff is also the doorway to becoming a Jockey or one of the more senior members of staff in a racing yard.

What does it take?

You don't need experience or qualifications to be Stable Staff

Instead, dedication and a love of horses are needed as you’ll be up early and outside in all weathers, taking care of and exercising two to three horses every day, as well as carrying out a range of yard duties such as sweeping, tack cleaning and mucking out.


Your first step in this multi-million pound industry

Being Stable Staff is virtually essential to progress in racing as you will be learning key skills as well as gathering valuable experience. You receive a set salary which is ratified by the National Association of Stable Staff (formerly SLA) and the National Trainers Federation (NTF), plus a share of pooled prize money. Some yards also provide accommodation for their stable staff.

How did you get into Racing?

After finishing my A levels I chose to take a gap-year before going to university and postponed my dream to become a vet.

What training have you done?

I enrolled on the foundation course at British Racing School and completed the Level 2 Diploma whilst working for Sir Michael Stoute. I started on 14th February 2011 and am now entering my eighth season. It seems that racing is my new dream and I am living it!

Do you have a career ambition?

At the moment my focus is on the riding of horses in the yard. Sir Michael Stoute gave me opportunities to ride in gallops soon after I started working for him, always putting me in groups with more experienced riders who I could learn from. I am grateful for the chances I get to ride work with top jockeys such as Ryan Moore, Ted Durcan, Jim Crowley and a personal idol of mine is Kevin Bradshaw. He has worked for Sir Michael for roughly 40 years and is totally trusted. He rides our most challenging horses, horses with the most ability, the most important pieces of work and has been fundamental to the boss’s success.

I aspire to ride as well as Kevin does and to be as respected by a trainer as he is by Stoute. In the last year I have taken on some responsibilities in the yard; working with the head people and assistant trainer to further my knowledge about caring for racehorses from the ground. Following this path I hope to one day be a head person.

Why do you enjoy your job?

During my time at Sir Michael’s I have been lucky enough to look after a few winners, but the 2017 season has by far been the most exhilarating for me. My pride and joy, Mustashry, who I look after and ride everyday, is a particularly tricky horse to get to the races.

It took a lot of hard work from Sarah Denniff, who is responsible for the older colts at Freemason Lodge, James Horton, our assistant trainer, and of course the boss, but after a treacherous few months he defied the widest draw and flew home at Chelmsford to win by half a length. He went on to win a Group 3 at York but for me the thrill of him winning that first race will always mean more to me because of the ups and downs leading to the win.


I'm New to Racing

Foundation Course

6-18 weeks £Varies dependent on course

Experience Level:

No experience required

The first step towards working in horseracing, this is an apprenticeship programme which opens the door to this multi-million pound industry. Your journey starts here!

Course Dates

This is a fully residential course at The British Racing School
  • 16/05/2022 - 19/09/2022
  • 20/06/2022 - 12/09/2022
  • 12/09/2022 - 05/12/2022
  • 19/09/2022 - 23/01/2023

Diploma Courses

Level 2 Apprenticeship Equine Groom (Racing)

12-18 months £FREE

Experience Level:


An essential step towards working in the racing industry, the Level 2 Apprenticeship Equine Groom (Racing) gives you all the skills and experience you need to further your career.

Course Dates

This is a course run by The British Racing School

Stable Staff Courses

Yard Managers Course

Two Days

Experience Level:


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
  • 09/11/2022 - 10/11/2022

Stable Staff Courses

Riding Work

Two Days £95 (discount available for current L2 Diploma students)

Experience Level:


These courses are designed to improve the standard of riding in the workplace providing guidance and advice on how to develop work riding skills.

Course Dates

A course at The British Racing School
  • 22/06/2022 - 23/06/2022
  • 05/10/2022 - 06/10/2022
  • 08/02/2023 - 09/02/2023