Introduction to Thoroughbred Care & Exercise

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This course is suitable for anyone seeking to gain entry to pursue a career within the Thoroughbred Industry.

The course is delivered over 6 weeks.

Learners on this programme will learn and develop skills to enable them to work within the Thoroughbred Industry .i.e. Racing Yard , whilst gaining a better understanding of the Thoroughbred Industry.

The training for this course is fully funded by Equuip, however some fees will apply for course booking, and accommodation (if required).

  • Registration fee is set at €300.00
  • Accommodation is separate - €150.00 a week (subsidised rate)

Full details will be provided at interview.

Course Programme

Programme Outline Information

  • Learn key skills required for a career in the Thoroughbred Industry.
  • Transition from sport horse to racehorse riding.
  • Some of the alternative courses and training offered at RACE would be suitable progression routes following completion of this course.
  • QQI Level 5 certificated in Racehorse Care and Exercise
  • Additional certificates in Manual Handling and Equine Transport
  • Limited places available
  • Accommodation options available

Who Can Apply

  • You must be 18 years of age to be eligible for this course.
  • You must be able to communicate effectively in English (listening, speaking, reading and writing).
  • Have an interest in working with horses as a career and a reasonable level of physical fitness
  • Prior equine experience is required.
  • Commitment to working within the Thoroughbred Industry in Ireland for a minimum of 12 months is required.

How To Apply

To apply, complete the Application Form

You must complete the Medical Questionnaire as part of your application for this course.

  • Once an application is received, you will be contacted for interview (via zoom).
  • If successful at interview, you will be allocated to an assessment date for the course. These assessments include a fitness assessment and riding assessment . Assessment dates are allocated on:
    • Thursday, 11th May 2023
    • Wednesday, 24th May 2023
    • Wednesday, 7th June 2023
    • Saturday, 10th June 2023
  • Fitness assessment target guidelines:
    • Chin Hold (above bar) - 30 seconds
    • Push Ups (on knees) - 40 in 1 minute
    • Wall Squat - 2 minutes
    • Plank - 2 minutes

Health Criteria

Working in the Thoroughbred Industry 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 questionnaire that must be completed as part of the application submitted (see link above).  



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