Thoroughbred Industry Traineeship

Applications Open!

Course due to commence

9th September 2024

This 24 - week entry level, full-time course is suitable for anyone seeking to pursue a career within the Thoroughbred Industry as exercise riders or ground & sales staff

Course Programme

Over the duration of 24 weeks, students will learn key skills required for a career in the Thoroughbred Industry along with gaining QQI Level 5 accredited certificates:

  • Racehorse Care & Exercise (Riding Skills Required)
  • Stable & Yard Routine (Stable Staff Option)
  • Work Experience
  • DAFM Certificate of Competence (for transporting Equines – Ages 18 yrs + requirement)

Who Can Apply

  • 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 and riding 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

  • The training for this course is funded by KWETB
  • Riding assessment trials & interviews will take place the week commencing August 12th 2024
  • Successful applicants will be notified before August 26th 2024
  • 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.  You will be required to complete standard medical questionnaire.

For further information email:



T: +353 (0)45 522 468

No: CHY 9242