If you hold a trainer licence or permit to train thoroughbred racing horses, you also need 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).
- 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. Once you become a registered stablehand you can apply to progress to stable foreperson (advanced stablehand).