Racing Horse Jockey

Bug Boy

Minimum No entry barrier

Minimum experience of apprenticeship at a stud farm

The tasks a Jockey is expected to perform include:Establishing strategies with racing trainer

Riding horses in training exercises

Maintaining riding equipment in proper condition

Providing feedback to trainers and owners about each mount

Taking advice from the trainer on strategies to suit the horse and the track

Studying past performances of the mounts

Researching and understanding the footing at different tracks

Riding race horses during races

Maintaining their body weight and health at all times

Knowledge of thoroughbred horses

Skilled in riding horses

Knowledge of animal nutrition and care

Proficient in keeping the equipment clean and in proper condition

Efficient in examining horses for signs of illness or injury

Knowledge of exercising horses

Knowledge of animal psychology and moods

Knowledge of different race tracks and their footing

Will be updated

Physically fit

Naturally athletic


Decision making ability

Attention to detail




Good at handling animals

It is not a desk job

May need to handle a team

Local travelling is a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Working hours are not fixed

Overtime maybe involved

Shift system is available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act 1948 (section 87)

Health risks include chances of developing arthritis and eating disorders

Occupational hazards include injury to body due to riding or falling from horse

For freshers INR 15,000 to INR 20,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Trends in Horse Racing Industry in India

Under the close check of Turf Authorities of India and the increasing level of quality of infrastructure available at various stud farms across India, the level of Indian horse racing has increased considerably in the last few years. The increase in the sponsors for the various derbies and championships has certainly helped the cause in many ways.

The love for the game seems to be growing in India due to improved game qualities and infrastructure. Moreover, Internet has paid a huge contribution in letting people know about these races, their fixtures in future coming events, tips on how to bet on the races, etc. The future seems bright both for the Jockey and the Punters with new sponsors coming into picture.

Stable owners

Race horse owners

Film and entertainment industry

Stud farm owners

Race clubs

Cities across India