This is a mandatory IHRB course delivered by RACE for anyone intending to apply for a Restricted or Public Trainer’s Licence. It is run from Monday to Wednesday for 3-consecutive weeks from 9am to 5pm (9 days in all). Completion of this course does not guarantee a trainer’s licence. The programme is designed to provide a comprehensive and practical preparation for the demands of setting up a training yard and it facilitates the development of a business plan and safety statement as well as offering insights from successful practitioners and networking opportunities with other prospective licence holders.

Prior to being accepted on the course applicants are required to complete a portfolio of evidence about experience, an examination on your experience and a practical assessment of horse handling skills and therefore candidates are expected to know how to train a racehorse.

Course content includes a series of lectures, presentations, practical sessions and visits so that on completion of the course:

  • You will understand relevant aspects of the racing industry that you will be required to engage with as a licensed racehorse trainer (rules and regulations, handicapping, making entries, declarations, non-runners, balloting procedures and reserves, etc.)
  • You have a clear understanding of your legal responsibilities in relation to running a business (public liability insurance, employment legislation, health and safety legislation, business management and financial planning and budgeting, staff management, legal issues, etc.)
  • You have exposure to experts in a broad range of support areas in relation to the care and management of racehorses (veterinarians, equine nutrition, farrier, horse welfare, gallop maintenance and management, bloodstock sales, etc.)
  • You have the opportunity to benefit from further insights into the horse racing industry. (local yard visit, media communication, marketing & social media).

Applications for both the assessment and the course must be made through the IHRB. Click here for IHRB forms.

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