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At a Glance... header image

Exercises race horses and rides them in competitive races for the race horse owner.


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Luke Drea
Event Rider  

Luke Drea is a 3 Day Event Rider who is Self Employed. He left school before the the Leaving Cert exams to study in Kildalton Agricultural and Horticultural College in Kilkenny, where he completed the Sport Horse Production course. During his Transition year in school he took a year out to work with horses and did the British Horse Society stage I & 2 exams.

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The Work header image

Most jockeys specialise in either flat or jump racing. The racing season varies, with flat races only during March till November and the jump season through out the year.  
 
As well as riding horses in races Jockeys are required, as part of their day-to-day work, to exercise horses by riding them in gallops, in trials on training grounds and in schooling over fences.  
 
You must keep weight as low as possible especially before races. You must be prepared to work in all weather conditions. Protective clothing must be worn at all times. There will be a risk of accident from falls.

 


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Attend scheduled practice or training sessions.

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Participate in athletic events or competitive sports, according to established rules and regulations.

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Exercise or practice under the direction of athletic trainers or professional coaches to develop skills, improve physical condition, or prepare for competitions.

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Maintain equipment used in a particular sport.

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Maintain optimum physical fitness levels by training regularly, following nutrition plans, or consulting with health professionals.

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Assess performance following athletic competition, identifying strengths and weaknesses and making adjustments to improve future performance.

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Receive instructions from coaches and other sports staff prior to events, and discuss their performance afterwards.

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Represent teams or professional sports clubs, performing such activities as meeting with members of the media, making speeches, or participating in charity events.

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Lead teams by serving as captain.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Developing and Building Teams:  Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:  Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Psychology:  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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Therapy and Counseling:  Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As an Apprentice Jockey you must be a minimum age of 15 and a maximum of 17 before 1st July (in the year of application), a maximum weight of 50 kgs (8 stone) and ideally, less than 5 feet 2inches (155 cms) tall.  
 
You need dedication, self-discipline and a professional attitude. You should also have a great love of horses.


Entry Routesheader image

The conventional way to enter this field of work is via a four-year apprenticeship which is undertaken at training stables. The minimum age for an apprentice jockey is usually 16 years, although some stables will take 15-year-old apprentices. There are a number of requirements that a successful applicant to a jockey apprenticeship will possess:

  • Physical Requirements: a light build and specified weight (Although jockeys have the reputation of being elfishly small, the average jockey can be between 4'10" and 5'7"; the weight is far more crucial than the rider's height). 
  • Natural Ability: Most jockeys are naturally athletic and have an excellent sense of balance - which is imperative for obvious reasons. The job also requires steady nerves, as the pressure is inevitably going to be extreme.
  • Personal Attributes: Although it is very unlikely that someone who dislikes working with horses will apply to be a jockey, the love for the animals and an understanding of their needs and behaviours is essential in a successful applicant. Interestingly the ability to ride is not an essential requirement for an apprentice jockey. A competitive streak will also work to the prospective rider's advantage. 

Being an apprentice jockey is a full-time occupation. Apart from training on the track, the apprentice jockey will spend a lot of time maintaining the stables and grooming the horses in race preparation. Stable work and race training are completed with college-style classroom education on equine health and safety, as well as behavioural psychology to help the prospective jockeys gage the situation in a race scenario.

SOLAS provide an alternative route to becoming a trainee jockey via a traineeship.

The duration of this traineeship is 42 weeks. It consists of 14 weeks basic riding and stable management training at the Racing Academy and Centre of Education (RACE), 18 weeks integrated training (mornings on-the-job and afternoons off-the -job training) and 10 weeks full time on-the-job training under the supervision of a local racehorse trainer. 

Trainees however must purchase their own riding equipment. All meals and accommodation are provided and trainees return home each weekend. On successful completion of the programme the learner is awarded a FETAC Level 4 Certificate in Race Horse Care & Riding. 

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Last Updated: March, 2015


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Organisation: Association of Irish Riding Establishments (AIRE)
  Address: Beech House, Millennium Park, Naas, Co. Kildare.
  Tel: (0)45 850800
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Organisation: Racing Academy & Centre of Education (RACE)
  Address: Curragh House, Dublin Road, Kildare
  Tel: (045) 522468
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