Stablehand Registration (Thoroughbred Racing) - New South Wales

Service summary

If you hold a trainer licence or permit to train thoroughbred racing horses, you are also required to register any stablehands that you employ.

A stablehand assists with the training and care of racehorses including cleaning the stable and handling the horse.

There are four variations of this registration:

  • Stablehand non-rider: where the stablehand will not ride a horse;
  • Stablehand rider non trackwork: where the stablehand will ride a horse in connection with racing but does not ride trackwork (for example, rides stable pony, ferries racehorses to the track etc.).
  • Stablehand restricted rider: where the stablehand learns to ride trackwork; and
  • Stablehand trackwork rider: where the stablehand will ride trackwork.

Trackwork means any training activity, excluding an official trial or jump-out, undertaken by a racehorse in the care of a training on a racecourse, recognised training track, private training establishment or elsewhere.

Please be aware that that you must comply with the specified rules and your licence may be subject to conditions.

Please be aware that once you become a registered stablehand you can apply to progress to stable foreperson (advanced stablehand).

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible as a stablehand you must provide:

  • A passport sized photo and medical report must be provided; and
  • An application form must be submitted along with the relevant fee.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



12 months


31st October



Registration of stablehand.

Application$160.00Registration of stable foreperson.

Other resources

Administering agency

Racing NSW

Act(s) name

Thoroughbred Racing Act 1996 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Rules of Racing of Racing NSW (New South Wales)

Contact details

Racing NSW

Mailing address:
Level 7, 51 Druitt St
New South Wales 2000


02 9551 7500


02 9551 7501


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