An Assistant Trainer is the Trainers’ right hand man. In charge of stable and senior staff, their training, discipline and recruitment.
You will plan the horses training schedules, In the Trainers absence you will represent them at the races saddling, dealing with owners, passing on Jockey instructions, and general PR. For many Assistant Trainers this is a stepping stone to becoming a Trainer.
An Assistant Trainer needs to be highly motivated, personable, patient and have excellent organisation and communication skills.
You will have considerable experience with managing or riding racehorses at a high level and you are likely to have, or be working towards, your Level 3 Diploma (formerly NVQ3) in Racehorse Care and Management. This qualification is provided by The British Racing School and can often be offered free. Click on the link for more details.
As an Assistant Trainer you will be paid in line with, or above, the highest pay grade.
You will receive pool money but more importantly you will gain invaluable experience and if your ambition is to become a trainer this is an excellent path to take.
Trainee Profile: Alice Hayne
Originates from: Ascot
Employer: John Butler (and self)
How did you get into racing?
Because I’ve always loved horses, when we did work experience at school I went to Henrietta Knight’s for a week. As soon as I left school I went back to work for her.
What training have you done?
After doing to stable staff training through the BRS I have since completed my Apprentice and Conditional Jockey Licence courses, Racing Secretary Course and all 3 Trainers Modules.
I am currently assistant to John Butler alongside running my own yard of 40 horses in pre-training, so I am achieving a lot everyday. However I would quite like to ride again and compete in the Foxhunters. I just need to right horse!
Why do you enjoy your job?
Because its something I have chosen to do, rather than just a job to pay the bills.