What You Need
This is a position which benefits from attention to detail, the ability to work well and make decisions under pressure – not to mention a sheer love of racing in general. This is a physically demanding position with responsibilities that will change daily.
A teamwork attitude, a firm knowledge of horseflesh and the ability to think on the fly are all strong qualities in successful jockey valets.
Responsible for preparing both jockey and horse for racing.
Grooms & saddles horse
Inserts proper weight in saddle pockets
Responsible for mount and rider racing numbers
Prepares appropriate silks for each jockey
Assists jockey in getting dressed for each race
After race untacks and grooms horse
Clean and organize equipment for storing
Valets are generally employed by racing stables and provided as a service to the jockeys. Most racing stables will require a high school diploma and probably (more importantly) experience with horses in the racing industry.
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