As an alternative to riding as a professional jockey, individuals may apply for an Amateur Riders Permit. It can be a great way to kick start your race riding career and was route chosen by Ryan Moore, Tom O’Brien and Richard Johnston to name a few.
Before an application may be considered for a new Category A permit, the applicant must first attend a one-day training seminar and one day assessment at either The British Racing School or Northern Racing College. The two day licence course is a mandatory requirement for anyone wishing to take out their Category A Amateur Riders Permit.
During the course you will be lectured and assessed on the following:
The balanced body position
Principle of schooling and jumping (jump permit)
Rules and Regulations
There also practical elements to the course:
Stalls or Schooling or both
On completion of this course a report will be written and forwarded to the British Horseracing Authority.
For a Jumping Only Permit the rider will need to be able to school over race type hurdles at speed, without unduly hindering the horse.
Candidates are expected to be able to jump a racehorse at speed and in company over at least three race type hurdles. For a Flat Only Permit the rider should be capable of jumping a horse out of the stalls without unduly hindering their or other horse’s progress and direction. They may also be required to ride a horse that has to wear a blindfold. Riders will be asked to demonstrate technique, strength and race fitness by using our interactive racehorse simulator.
Fitness is a huge part of being a successful jockey. On all jockey courses all riders are put through an assessment to measure overall fitness and also to pinpoint individual strengths and weaknesses. Each element of the assessment is marked to give an overall percentage of fitness.
The price of this course covers tuition, materials and lunch. Accommodation, dinner and breakfast are available at an additional £35 per night.
To find out more information or for an application to attend the Category A Amateur Rider Permit course with The British Racing School please contact Di Farrell-Thomas at Di.Farrell-Thomas@brs.org.uk or telephone 01638 675907.