A Racing Secretary is often the first point of contact for a racing yard.  Working in the busy office you will be responsible for all the administration of running a business as well as liaising with owners, racecourses and suppliers.

You will be involved in entries, declarations, organising staff, day to day bookkeeping, owners agreements as well as acting as PA to the trainer.

A Racing Secretary needs to be highly motivated, personable, patient and have excellent organisation and communication skills.

You will have experience of working in an office and have a keen interest in racing. You will be dedicated to the job as unlike many office jobs you are likely to work weekends and bank holidays.

Some racing secretaries like the best of both worlds and ride out 1 lot in the morning before heading into the office.

As a Racing Secretary you will be paid in line with the other stable staff.

You will receive pool money and any other bonuses.

Trainee Profile: Katie Nolan

Age: 28

Originates from: Worcestershire

Employer: Richard Fahey

How did you get in to racing?

I’ve always loved horses and Williams yard was 15minutes from home so I went to his yard for my work experience. After that I worked for him every weekend until I left school. Once I had left school I went to the BRS for the 9 week course and then back to Ian Williams’

What training have you done?

After completing my NVQ2 in Racehorse Care I went on to do Level 3 as well. I have also got a degree in the Horseracing Industry through Warwickshire College and the BRS.  I’ve done my Category A Amateur jockey licence and The Racing Industry Course.

Do you have a career ambition?

Not now, I am doing the job I want to!

Why do you enjoy your job?

I ride out before going in to the office so I am combining my love for horses and riding with my work, which makes it very easy to get out of bed in the mornings.  Plus the office work is all racing related which I love.