Applications for the 2021 course are now open.  Please complete your application as soon as possible as we are assessing and offering places on a rolling basis. 

We are still in the process of agreeing start dates for this course. We are still accepting applications at this time.

The course has been extended from 6 to 12 weeks to allow for greater skills development. To apply, download the application form Application Form - ER Course 2021 and Medical Questionnaire and submit both via e-mail to: training@racingacademy.ie

Our Exercise Rider Course is the ONLY dedicated training available to aspiring Exercise Riders in Ireland, but don't take our word for it, hear what past-pupil Tanya Moran had to say about the course.

Our upcoming Exercise Rider Course is a 12-week intensive course for 18 to 25 year olds who want to work as a groom for a racehorse trainer. 

This course is funded by CARE (www.workinginracing.ie) and delivered by RACE for young people who wish to develop their riding skills and stable yard skills to pursue a career as a groom in a racing yard.

Participant will have to fund their own living expenses for the duration of the course, but all course fees are funded.

Students will spend 12-weeks working Monday to Saturday lunchtime on campus in the role of an exercise rider under the expert training and supervision of our team of experienced instructors.

During the course students will be assisted to find full-time employment in a racehorse trainers yard, to commence on completion of training.   Students are required to continue working in the Irish horse racing industry for a period of 12 months following completion of training.

Our Exercise Rider Course offers a leg-up onto a career path in the Irish racing industry.

Working as a groom in a racing yard has been the point of entry for most people working in all areas of this industry and our Exercise Rider Course will be your first step to a long-term career in this industry.

The 12 weeks of training provided on Campus enables students to find their feet, develop their skills and their confidence in an environment completely focused on the training and development of the individual.  

Once you complete the course you will be placed in a work-placement with a trainer who will understand your level of experience and who can help you to develop your skills further to become an experienced member of their team.

If you apply yourself to this course you will have a standard of training that is globally recognised and will help your CV to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs in the future.

Accommodation is available at RACE for the duration of this course on a subsidised basis.

The next Exercise Rider Course is for 18 to 25 year olds with previous riding experience, a passion for horses and a strong ambition to pursue a career working with racehorses.

Applicants must have finished their education (school or 3rd level) and be prepared to start full-time employment working in a racing yard at the end of this course to be considered for this course.

Applicants need to be confident around horses and be physically active with a good level of personal fitness.

Applicants must attend RACE for a suitability test, which will include a riding assessment, before being offered a place on this course.

Previous riding experience to a reasonable level, such as being able to complete a sitting canter for 2 minutes, is a requirement, however previous experience with thoroughbred horses is not essential.


Yes, candidates must be no heavier than 11st/70kgs.

Working as a racing groom involves a high level of physical activity and therefore candidates should be fit and leading active lives. If you have a diagnosed medical condition you MUST inform RACE ahead of assessment for this course.  There is a standard medical form that must be completed and submitted with the application form.  See link at top of page with application form link.  

The course begins with basic Health & Safety inductions, an explanation of procedures and work practices at RACE and a baseline assessment of skills and experience.

Mornings( 8am-12.30pm): Students are trained in all aspects of morning routine in a racing yard including:

feeding, mucking out, use of the horse walker, tacking up, riding out, washing down after exercise, rugging horses and cleaning up the yard before lunch.

Morning routine includes riding 2 lots under tuition. Each week students will be given a simulator lesson and video reviews of their riding using Dartfish technology to assess progress and to improve their position and technique.

Lunch – provided on site 

1.30pm – 4pm: Afternoons will include practical demonstrations and practical practice, including bandaging, preparing a racehorse for transport, preparing a racehorse to go racing, feeding plans and diet, etc.

This course will include 2 fitness classes per week and gym induction and Industry Induction and Employment Preparation classes each week also.

Afternoon stables includes all activities carried out in a professional racing yard such as, grooming, changing rugs, checking horses well-being, feeding, sweeping up.

Accommodation may be available at RACE for the duration of this course on a subsidised basis.  Availability is not guaranteed and must be confirmed in advance.    

The next Exercise Rider Course will take place in 2021 and will be for 18 to 25 year olds. 

To apply, download the application form and medical form (links at top of page) and submit via e-mail to: training@racingacademy.ie

Once you apply for this course you will be asked to complete a Suitability Assessment here at RACE before being offered a place.  We are carrying out online interviews for this course on an ongoing basis from Dec 2020 onwards.  We will then follow up with an onsite suitability test thereafter from 11th Jan 2021.  The suitability test will include an assessment of your experience around horses including your comfort level as you work around them in the stable, and some basic stable management tasks such as mucking out and grooming.  We will also assess your riding ability with an understanding that you may not have ridden a Thoroughbred horse prior to this.



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