This is one of the most senior roles in the racing yard and one of the most exciting – it’s also an important next step to becoming a Trainer.
The Assistant Trainer plays a vital role in helping run the racing stables, managing staff, looking after horses’ training and welfare and preparing them for races. In a nutshell, it’s the Assistant Trainer’s job to oversee the strict routine and smooth running of the yard.
Typical daily duties include preparing training schedules, liaising with farriers and vets as well as seeing how the horses perform on the gallops – tracks used to train horses in between race meetings.
Assistant Trainers often represent the Trainers at races, liaising with the racehorse owners and jockeys as well as dealing with representatives from official bodies such as the British Horseracing Authority (BNA).
The job of a racehorse trainer is to maximise each horse’s potential in a relatively short space of time.
Assistant Trainers need to be team players who are dedicated and organised. They receive good rates of pay and most importantly have excellent opportunities for career advancement.
The position needs considerable experience of managing and/or riding racehorses at a high level, and most Assistant Trainers are working towards a higher level qualification.