Horse Racing is a multi-million dollar industry, employing thousands of people in one of the most exciting spectator sports in North America. There are numerous career paths in horse racing, and Olds College can offer you a certificate in either our Exercise Rider and Jockey Program or Race Horse Groom Program.
This dynamic and interactive program will take your horsemanship to the next level if you are interested in a career in the racing industry. We provide hands on learning using race horses as your text books. You will be taught to prepare and manage yourself as an entrepreneur with race horses as your business. The course uses standardized racing industry equipment, procedures, and on-site practical experience to give you the additional riding skills and knowledge you require to become a certified Exercise Rider in 15 weeks.
This exciting program is unique in Canada. You will have access to a variety of race horse breeds and Alberta A Track facilities to help you develop into a professional gallop rider and/or jockey. The program has been developed in conjunction with Horse Racing Alberta to provide the racing industry with qualified riders who will excel at the race track and at training centres. Your instructors are experienced professionals, with North American and International experience to help you learn best practices and techniques with a focus on safety and continuous improvement. Olds College boasts an excellent range of equine amenities including the Canadian Equine Centre of Innovation (CECI), a state of the art multimillion dollar riding arena, and stables complex.
This data comes from our academic database and is for the most current academic year.
The program is offered in three phases during your 15 weeks:
* Your 60 gallop rides may be completed at any Alberta based horse racing facility. For more information on the requirements please contact Theresa Sealy, Racetrack Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff and alumni boast a lengthy list of accomplishments including Sovereign and Eclipse Awards. The benchmark has been set high by our 2007 graduate Omar Moreno. One short year after graduating he claimed the title of Outstanding Apprentice Jockey at the 35th Annual Sovereign Awards in Toronto, Canada’s highest award for an apprentice jockey. At the 40th Annual Eclipse Awards in Miami, Florida, Moreno was named the top apprentice rider in North America. In 2010, he racked up 146 wins and approximately $5.5 million in purse money.
An exercise rider is a person who is licensed to gallop a race horse during morning training sessions and a jockey is licensed to ride a horse in a race. Horse racing is one of the most exciting and largest spectator sports in North America, with employment opportunities in both Canada and the United States. Strong work ethic and competitiveness define the best jockeys and exercise riders, and with hard work can also come many rewards. The best riders at the track command the best opportunities and the best pay. The racing season in Canada is weather-based and the racing season will keep you busy from March – October, but there are also opportunities for graduates to be employed year round at training farms and winter racing jurisdictions.