SA Jockey Academy graduates are highly respected in every racing jurisdiction and there are currently a number of South African-trained jockeys riding all over the world.
While there has been much success internationally, there are South Africans whose achievements at home are just as impressive.
Life as a jockey takes a special kind of person.
Applicants can only begin their Apprenticeship in the year that they turn 16, so may only apply when they are 15 and are in, or have completed, Grade 9.
The Academy only offers Grades 10, 11 and 12 as well as a Post Matric Year.
Apprentices may join in Grades 10 and 11 or as a Post Matric.
The entire apprenticeship training course averages 5 years.