If you hold a trainer licence or permit to train thoroughbred racing horses, you are also required to register any stablehand 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
- 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 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).