You will have sole or shared responsibility for the stable staff team and horses in the yard.
You will be in charge of breaking young horses, the feeding regime, dealing with veterinary issues and carrying out medical treatments as directed by the vet. This is a role with considerable responsibility.
Leadership and organisational skills are required along with an ability to work well under pressure.
You will need to have good communication skills and be able to deal with staff fairly and effectively. This is a role suitable for someone with considerable experience working in a racing yard.
To help you gain the skills needed or to reward your knowledge with a formal qualification you can gain your Advanced Apprenticeship/Level 3 Diploma (formerly NVQ3) in Racehorse Care and Management at The British Racing School, in many circumstances this can be free or attend the Yard Managers Course. Click on the links to find out more.
Racing is one of the few equestrian disciplines with a regulated pay structure and clear career path.
Salary rates are agreed by the National Association of Stable Staff (formerly SLA) and the National Trainers Federation (NTF). The salary is scaled so the more qualified you become and more experience you get, the better you are paid.
A Head Lad or Lass will be paid in line or above the highest pay grade and along with pool money will normally get accommodation on, or near, the yard.
Trainee Profile: Hayley Kelly
Employer: Mark Johnston
Why did you choose to work in racing?
I had been brought up with horses, my grandfather bred racehorses. I was lucky to always have ponies, and watched racing every Saturday on TV with my grandfather.
How did you get into racing?
I had a friend who owned a horse with Mark Johnston so through him I arranged some work experience. Other than the 9 week break to do the course at The BRS I have worked for Mark Johsnton for 22 years now.
What has been your most rewarding moment in racing so far?
Firstly being given the Traveling job at Mark Johnston which I did for 17 years and then being given the Yard Manager Job which I do now.
Do you have any career ambitions?
I would love a Group 1 winner to come from the barn of horses I am in charge of at MJR.