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Education and Training Requirements

High School

There are no specific educational requirements for becoming a jockey. There are riding schools and the North American Racing Academy, which opened in 2006, but most jockeys get their training by immersing themselves in the world of horse racing and learning the basics while performing support tasks such as exercising and training horses. In high school, your best bet is to get a well-rounded education. Classes in physical education will build your strength and agility, while business courses will give you a general working knowledge of finances and money management—skills you will need when you become a jockey. All professional jockeys must earn a license.

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