A Permit to Train entitles the holder to train horses for Steeplechases, Hurdle Races and National Hunt Flat Races which are the sole property of themselves, their spouse, parents, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, or person who appears to the BHA to be co-habiting with the holder of the permit by reasons of a personal relationship.
A Permit Trainer should be a genuine amateur for whom the training of racehorses is a pastime and not a money-making enterprise.
Please follow the link below for the renewal form and covering letter for a permit for the period ending 30th September 2013, or contact the Licensing Team.
New Applications for a Permit to Train
Please click on the links below to download the permit holders’ application pack.
There are certain criteria which must be met in order to have an application for a Permit to Train considered by the BHA. You should have either;
In addition, it is necessary for applicants to:
- Trained the winners of at least two Point to Point Steeple Chases (other than Members’ Races) and had runners which have performed with distinction in Hunter Chases; or
- Had several years experience in training establishments in a responsible and senior position preferably as an Assistant Trainer in a successful racing yard.
Additionally, the BHA would expect an applicant to fulfil the guidelines listed below:
- Attain the NVQ Level 3 in Racehorse Care and Management
- Attend and successfully complete Module 1 (Racehorse Management) at either the British Racing School or Northern Racing College (as detailed in the Training Modules)
- Attendance at a one day seminar at Weatherbys (details to be found in the application pack)
The BHA would not normally consider a permit application that included un-raced horses, or horses with no proven form and would require additional supporting information in regards to an applicant’s plans for any such horses.
- Must own, or be able to use, gallops within reasonable hacking distance (3.5 miles approx) of the yard (including leases or agreements for the use of the yard and facilities where applicable)
- A satisfactory background check in regards to an applicant’s suitability
Once these criteria have been established, the intended training premises will be inspected by a BHA Stable Inspector and the application will then be considered by the BHA. The applicant may be required to attend an interview with the Licensing Committee before an application may be granted.
If you require any further information or advice, please contact the Licensing Team.
Further information may be sought from the Permit Trainers’ Association