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post #1 of 4 Old 01-23-2013, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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How do you become a jockey?

The title says it all! I know there is a jockey college, but is it necissary to go when there is a large chance you'll be injured and will need a college degree as a "fallback career?" Anyway, how do you become a jockey?

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-23-2013, 07:15 PM
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It is not necessary to go to college. You do need to get to a track and get a job. Hopefully you have some horse handling and riding skills, will work the hardest of anyone, and get a chance to start exercising.

If you shine at that, you may get encouraged/sponsored to get your "bug" (apprentice) license. From there, it's up to the horses you manage to get rides on and your skill.

Easy, peasy. :) Good luck and have fun.
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How much riding experience do you have?

Have you ever galloped race horses or broke any to gallop?

What do you weigh without starving or dieting?

There are a lot of ways to get to the track. The best one is through a trainer or a TB farm. Most of them start their colts at home and hire exercise boys (or girls). The ones with talent and 'feel' and that don't have a problem making weight (5 pounds less for an apprentice bug *) than regular weights and can make allowance weights will be on a fast trip to the track. It is really hard without a known trainer or owner to vouch for you and give you a start.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-27-2013, 07:30 PM
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The North American Riding Academy is here in Lexington, its a "jockey school."
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