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Thread: Conditional Jockeys

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    Conditional Jockeys

    I am following non-h'cap races that meet certain criteria.
    What I would like to know (spare my blushes)-what are conditional jockeys?
    Be lucky.

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    So u don't want my tip for the Martin Pipe CJ Hurdle @ Cheltenham next week?

    Basically, a trainee jockey....

    "You should not weigh more than about 9 stone 7lbs as a jump jockey and about 8 stone as a flat jockey.

    You first need to be employed by a trainer in a racing yard as one of the following:

    an apprentice jockey
    a conditional jockey (if you are racing over jumps).

    Before becoming an apprentice or conditional jockey you would usually work as a stable hand (also known as stable lad or lass), doing tasks like filling hay nets, sweeping the yard, mucking out stables, grooming, feeding and watering horses, and taking horses through exercises.

    You can prepare for work in a racing yard by doing the NVQ level 1 and 2 Racehorse Care Residential Course. This course is free if you are aged between 16 and 22. The training centres for the course are:

    the British Racing School (BRS) in Newmarket
    the Northern Racing College (NRS) in Doncaster.
    The course includes:

    a residential foundation of nine to 12 weeks
    a 12-month apprenticeship in a racing yard, leading to NVQ Level 2 in Racehorse Care.
    If you are already working in a racing yard, you may be able to do NVQ Level 2 in Racehorse Care by day release. You can find details of colleges offering the NVQ on the Careers in Racing website.

    Careers in Racing
    If you show exceptional riding skills you may then be selected to train as an apprentice or conditional jockey.

    You may be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship scheme. The range of Apprenticeships available in your area will depend on the local jobs market and the types of skills employers need from their workers. To find out more about Apprenticeships, visit the Apprenticeships website.

    Training and Development
    As an apprentice or conditional jockey, you would receive training on the job. The trainer takes responsibility for where and which horses you ride and decides when you are competent and ready to race (usually after about two years). You would then apply to the British Horseracing Authority for a licence to ride.

    Before the licence is awarded, you would need to take a 5-day residential Apprentice or Conditional Licence course at the BRS in Newmarket or the NRC in Doncaster. You will also need to pass a medical.

    Once you have been given a licence as an apprentice or conditional jockey, you would complete your apprenticeship at your trainer's yard. You would usually do this between the ages of 16 and 25 (27 for racing over jumps), after which you can become a professional jockey.

    To keep your licence, you would need to continue your development by taking a 4-day Apprentice or Conditional Continuation course and an advanced Apprentice or Conditional course. See the Careers in Racing website for more details.

    Careers in Racing
    As an apprentice or conditional you can work towards NVQ Level 3 in Racehorse Care and Management.

    PS: GS can now be followed on Twitter as @themastarata

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    Wow. Thanks for that Godspot.
    That makes them a NO for me.
    The only thing missing is your Cheltenham tip.
    Be lucky.

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