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A day in the life of an .... Assistant Trainer

19 March 2012

What's Involved?
An Assistant Trainer is the Trainers' right hand man. In charge of stable and senior staff, their training, discipline and recruitment. You will plan the horses training schedules, In the Trainers absence you will represent them at the races saddling, dealing with owners, passing on Jockey instructions, and general PR. For many Assistant Trainers this is a stepping stone to becoming a Trainer.

What skills do you need?
An Assistant Trainer needs to be highly motivated, personable, patient and have excellent organisation and communication skills. You will have considerable experience with managing or riding racehorses at a high level and you are likely to have, or be working towards, your Level 3 Diploma (formerly NVQ3) in Racehorse Care and Management. This qualification is provided by The British Racing School and can often be offered free. Click on the link for more details.

What are the benefits?
As an Assistant Trainer you will be paid in line with, or above, the highest pay grade. You will receive pool money but more importantly you will gain invaluable experience and if your ambition is to become a trainer this is an excellent path to take.



Name: William Butler

Assistant Trainer to: Sir Mark Prescott

I started working for a local trainer in Waterford, Ireland and spent 2 summers with John Oxx before I moved to England. I joined Whitney College near Oxford and completed a 2 year national diploma in Management and Training of Thoroughbred Racehorses. I took a job as pupil assistant to Ian Balding and spent 3 good years with him, I then applied for the assistant job with Sir Mark Prescott and was lucky to join the yard in 1999.

Whilst I have been with Sir Mark I completed my NVQ 3 with The British Racing School. This is done entirely in the work place and therefore fitted around my busy schedule, Jackie Hodge the roving assessor assigned to my yard was excellent in helping me complete my portfolio.I have been very lucky to work for 2 trainers who have taught me a great deal, they have always pointed me in the right direction and given me the chance to work with top quality racehorses.

The job is extremely hard work but rewarding, you learn every aspect of racehorse training from the hands on and horse side, to the office work and placing of horses in races.

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