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Jockey Licenses
The Licensing department administers the annual licensing process for:

Professional Jockeys
To obtain a Jockey's licence an application is made to the Licensing Committee. The applicant's relevant experience and medical condition is considered and a personal interview may be necessary before a licence is granted.

Should you wish to be sent an application pack for a Professional Jump or Flat Jockeys Licence, please contact the Licensing Department on Tel: 020 7152 0140 (calls to this number may be recorded) or email licensing@britishhorseracing.com with your request.

Applications who are not nationals of a European Economic Area country are also reminded they may require work permits. Visit our work permits & immigration page for more information.

To warrant annual renewal a jockey is expected to have at least 25 rides per season.

If you require any further information or advice, please telephone the Licensing team on 020 7152 0140. Calls to this number may be recorded.

Annual average number of professional jockeys
Flat
Apprentice
Jump
Conditional
Total
2002
109
147
82
89
427
2003
115
134
81
88
418
2004
111
131
83
108
433
2005
112
128
87
103
430
2006
113
136
87
103
439
2007
128
113
96
94
431
2008
127
123
84
93
427


Apprentice, Conditional and Amateur Jockeys
To compensate for their initial lack of experience and success in comparison to fully licensed jockeys, young jockeys at the beginning of their careers claim a weight allowance and ride as "apprentices" on the Flat and as "conditionals" under National Hunt Rules.

All apprentice and conditional jockeys must be in full time employment of the trainer. That trainer takes responsibility for where and what horses the jockey rides. It is the trainer who decides when the jockey is competent and ready to race-ride, and the trainer who makes the initial application to the British Horseracing Authority on behalf of the rider.

Should you wish to be sent an application pack for an Apprenctic or Conditional Jockeys Licence, please contact the Licensing Department on Tel: 020 7152 0140 (calls to this number may be recorded) or email licensing@britishhorseracing.com with your request.

Prior to making an application, the prospective jockey is required to attend, and satisfactorily complete, a five-day course at either the British Racing School or Northern Racing College. He must also undergo a medical examination and meet Medical Standards as to fitness to ride and Assessment of Concussion protocol.

For information on attending the racing course, please contact the Licensing department on 020 7152 0140. Calls to this number may be recorded.

Once a licence is granted, the apprentice or conditionals' progress is monitored and he is expected to progress in the amount of rides he has from one season to the next.

They will attend a Continuation Training Course each year at the British Racing School during the early years of their career.On winning 20 races in the case of an apprentice, or 15 races in the case of a conditional, the jockey will be expected to attend a five-day Advanced course at the British Racing School which is the third tier of training.

When he has either ridden out his claim or passed the age limit to hold an apprentice's or conditional's licence, the jockey should apply for a full professional jockey's licence.

Apprentices and Conditionals are entitled to claim an allowance when riding against full professional jockeys. The allowances range from 7lb to 3lb depending on how many winners the jockey has ridden. Jockeys may ride as apprentices between the ages of 16 and 25, while the age limit for conditionals is 26. At this time Apprentices will lose their claim, if they have not already ridden it out.

Riders' allowances may be claimed as follows:

Apprentices:

  • 7lb until they have won 20 races;
  • 5lb until they have won 50 races;
  • 3lb until they have won 95 races.

Conditionals:

  • 7lb until they have won 20 races;
  • 5lb until they have won 40 races;
  • 3lb until they have won 75 races.
If you require any further information or advice, please telephone the Licensing team on 020 7152 0140. Calls to this number may be recorded.


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