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How To Become A Jockey

A great career - if you have what it takes

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.

Anton Marcus and Greg Cheyne

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.

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5 comments on “How To Become A Jockey

  1. Ronny says:

    It’s true, it does takes a special type person. The amount of abuse some Jockeys receive at race meetings is just sad even when they ride and lose on horses that clearly have limited abilities.

  2. Neil says:

    A little bit of trivia. One of the new intakes this year to the Academy is a female (1 of 2) who has just qualified as a civil engineer.

  3. espresso says:

    100% agree

  4. Chris Swart says:

    Erin will fly through the ranks.
    Highly motivated and exceptional work ethic for the Plattner string

    Her 4kg claim won’t last very long at all

  5. Ronny says:

    Let’s hope so…Female Jockeys in SA don’t get the support from owners and trainers like their Male Counterparts

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