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A day in the life of a .... Travelling Head Lad

23 March 2012

What's Involved?
You will be responsible for taking horses to race meetings all over the country and the role can often involve considerable travelling abroad.

You will be expected to supervise the regular lad who is travelling with the horse and you will have overall responsibility for the welfare of the horses ensuring that they are in peak condition when they arrive at the racecourse. You will be responsible for the passports and colours and may also have to represent the trainer, declaring, saddling and speaking to the jockey and owners.

What skills do you need?
You obviously need to love travelling , be hardworking, reliable and organised. You may need to be able to drive the horsebox and if so you will need to have a Certificate in Equine Transport which can be done at The British Racing School.

This role would suit somebody who has considerable experience as a stable lad or lass in a racing yard.

What are the benefits?
Racing is one of the few equestrian disciplines with a regulated pay structure and clear career path. Salary rates are agreed by the National Association of Stable Staff (formerly SLA) and the National Trainers Federation (NTF). The salary is scaled so the more qualified you become and more experience you get, the better you are paid. Travelling head lad or lass will often get accommodation on, or near, the yard and you will get a share of the pooled prize money.

Name: Chris Martin

When I left School I had never ridden before but I did follow horseracing, so when my careers advisor recommended The British Racing School I applied for an interview. I was accepted onto the Foundation Course and after completing the 9 weeks I went to work for Ian Wood. I have been here ever since and in the last 5 years I have obtained my Amateur Licence, ridden in 49 races under rules including 6 winners and have been promoted to Head Travelling Lad.
The highs of the job would be the riding, the travelling and the winners! The lows would be the long days.

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