Course overview

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.

The applicant must attend a five day training course. On completion of this course a report will be written and forwarded to the British Horseracing Authority. Category B Permit holders may ride in Flat Races confined to Amateur Riders, Steeplechase or Hurdle Races, except those confined to Licensed Conditional Jockeys, and in all National Hunt Flat Races.

About the course

Course Requirements

To be eligible for this training the rider must have had at least 15 completed rides under the Rules of Racing

The majority of these must be over obstacles Alternatively we will accept at least 20 completed rides in Point to Points and/or under the Rules of Racing. Generally, applications for Category B Permits are made by those who already hold a Category A Permit.

You should have had 15 completed rides under the Rules of Racing, the majority of which must be over obstacles or at least 20 completed rides in Point to Points in order to apply for this course.

Fitness is a huge part of being a successful jockey. On all jockey courses all riders are put through the following 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 fitness assessment is carried out by Yariv Kam, a personal trainers, if you wish to contact him his website is

Course Costs


This course is BHA funded. You can find out more details about how to apply on their website.


Course Dates

  • Apply 02/12/2024 - 06/12/2024

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To find out more information or for an application to attend the Category B Amateur Rider course with The British Racing School please contact Antonia Lawrence at or telephone 01638 669039.

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