Horsemanship for the Thoroughbred Industry QQI Major Award at Level 5 The overall aim of the programme is to provide the learner with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence needed to work in a range of roles in the equine sector and /or to progress to further or higher education and training. Exercise Rider An 8-week non-residential course (Mon to Sat lunchtime) for those who wish to train to become an exercise rider in a racing yard. Previous riding experience is necessary. This course is funded by Horse Racing Ireland. Amateur Schooling Progression Course (A3 Licence) A 1-day course delivered by leading Amateur Rider, Derek O’Connor in conjunction with RACE and funded by CARE. Riders are coached on schooling over jumps, race-riding skills and fitness. Click on this page for dates for this course and how to apply for a place. Amateur Schooling Preparation (A1 Licence) We are delighted to announced a new 1-day Amateur Riders Schooling Preparation Course for current A1 Category Licence holders fully-funded by CARE. Racing Secretary Course - New 2020 A 9-day mandatory course delivered in three, 3-day modules for all those wishing to apply for a full or restricted Trainer’s License. This is a Turf Club course delivered by RACE and applications should be made through the Turf Club. Equine Transport License Course A ½ day course for anyone transporting horses in connection with economic activity as required by law. Training and a 30-question exam provided. Certification is granted through the Dept. Of Agriculture. Further Education Classes 1 night per week run over 14 weeks, we offer QQI Level 5 modules in Equine Anatomy & Physiology and also Equine Nutrition as part of the National Framework of Qualifications. Qualified Rider Course & Assessment Anyone applying for a Qualified Rider’s licence must first complete a mandatory assessment here at RACE. These assessments are carried out on behalf of the Turf Club. Licence applications are made through the Turf Club. Please see below for a detailed description of this assessment. Apprentice/Conditional Jockey Assessment Anyone applying for a Conditional jockey or Apprentice Jockey licence must first complete a mandatory assessment here at RACE. These assessments are carried out on behalf of the Turf Club. Licence applications are made through the Turf Club. Please see below for a detailed description of this assessment. Industry Short Courses We provide one-to-one coaching and training to individuals or small groups on simulators, gym fitness, and/or riding (on your own horse) on an ad hoc basis. If you let us know your needs we can cater to meet them. Please click below to get in touch. Pony Club - Jockey Taster 2-day course for members of the Irish Pony Club who have been nominated to participate in a Pony Club exhibition at the Curragh racecourse. Riders are coached in race-riding skills, fitness, racehorse care & training. Coaching includes video reviews and simulator instruction. Future Jockey – Junior Academy 1-day courses run for under 16s who wish to develop their race-riding skills. These Junior Academy days are open to riders of all levels of ability and each Junior Academy day is aimed at riders of similar experienced from beginners to advanced. You do not need to own your own pony or have previous experience of pony racing. Click here for more details.