Racetrack Trainer – Horse Jobs

Racetrack TrainerThe term horse trainer can apply to any discipline and a good trainer will usually stick to one discipline or another. Racetrack trainers spend a great deal of time with each animal in their care, they must know their charges inside and out to maximize their performance on the track.

What You Need

This is a position which benefits from attention to detail, the ability to juggle multiple tasks and management experience. Racetrack trainers must work with a variety of people during their day, owners, jockeys, training riders, vets and farriers to name a few.

A flexible attitude, a sublime knowledge of the racing industry and a deep understanding of horse anatomy, physiology and psychology are all essential elements of a great racetrack trainer.

Job Description

A track trainer is responsible for the overall health and performance of each animal in their care, from feeding schedules to training performance to routine vet visits.


Developing feeding & supplement schedules
Establishing worming, vaccination & checkup schedules
Preparing & overseeing training/ exercise schedules
Find and schedule races that match the ability of their charges
Hire & consult with jockeys
Responsible for hiring and overseeing grooms, exercise riders, vets and farriers
Troubleshooting & detect problems or lameness
Help owners buy and sell racing stock & attend auctions
Provide owners consulting for confirmation & pedigree
Manage accounts of each horse


This is a position that will almost always require certification/ licensing, which generally means some course work, a test & perhaps management classes. Qualifications for certification will vary from country to country (and probably state to state). Licensing can also require track experience, a business plan and horses to run.


A few places to start if you are interested in a career as a racetrack trainer.

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International Federation of Horseracing Authorities
National Trainers Federation (UK)
Irish Racehorse Trainers Association
New Zealand Trainers Association
California Thoroughbred Racing
Australian Trainers Association
Racehorse Trainers Test

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2 Comments on “Racetrack Trainer – Horse Jobs

  1. aurelio nogueira medeiros

    hey its aurelio, i am jockey in brazil,in 2002 i do trying england working rider staying trere 7 years .now i am back home in brazil. look for job on racehorse work rider

  2. Parvesh

    hi my name is parvesh i am from India (pune) i have work 6 years in India as a groom an track rider 2 year in UK as a track rider 1 year in Australia as a track rider now i am working in new Zealand as a track rider now i have bean hear 2 year 3 month before i got my apprentice race riding licence i have 13 starts an 1 win three 4th
    and I am looking for a job

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