Your route to becoming a
Racing Groom

Under 16 years old

It’s fantastic that you are already thinking about a future job as a racing groom.

You can leave school at 16 to train to be a racing groom in Doncaster at the Northern Racing College or in Newmarket at the British Racing School. Even if that seems a long way off, there are several things you can be doing now that will help you decide if a job in a racing yard is really the job you want to do and to make it easier for you to find training and a job in the future.

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Talk to your parents and school careers advisor

Tell your parents and your school careers advisors that you’d like to work in a horseracing yard. They can help you research your training options and can also be great at helping you get work experience.

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Try Racing to School days for Pony Club Members or Pony Racing

There are some activities and events you could consider which will give you a great idea of what it might be like working in racing.

Racing to School run free workshops for Pony Club Members aged 12 years and over on racedays at selected racecourses. These days are full of fun activities connected to racing and you’ll get a chance to find out more about racing grooms and other jobs in the racing industry. For more information go to Racing to School.

Pony racing is open to everyone aged between 9 and 16 years old whether you own your own pony or not. Races are run for both novice and experienced riders. For more information go to the Pony Racing Authority website.

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Register with the Racing Groom Hub

By registering with our Racing Groom Hub we’ll notify you of courses, events and other industry news to help you start your career. You can also create and save a CV and letter to employers for work experience or jobs. As a bonus, we’ve arranged discounts and offers for you from a wide range of suppliers, events and services.

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Arrange work experience with a licensed racehorse trainer

You can arrange some work experience at a racehorse trainer’s yard before you leave school. We’ve given you some guidance on how to do this in our work experience section.

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Examine your options for training once you leave school

Anyone under 19 years old who wants to work as a racing groom must study for the Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care. This is one of the Rules of Racing but you might need to complete a Foundation Course and your Level 1 first.

There are three training providers for these courses – the British Racing School (BRS), Northern Racing College (NRC) and Haddon Training. We’d encourage you to look at their websites and speak to them about your career plans and experience. They can tell you how they can help you. You could also go to one of the open days at the BRS or NRC.

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