The Jockeys Work Education & Training Scheme
The Irish Jockeys Trust has developed the Jockeys Work Education & Training Scheme to assist jockeys who need to acquire new skills for new employment opportunities. This need might result from injury, weight problems, age or incapacity.Jockeys looking at their futures can avail of the service to get career advice and learn about educational opportunities.
Early retirement is inevitable for jockeys and the injury risk is high: National Hunt jockeys are 30 on average when their careers end, and flat jockeys are not far behind at 33. Statistics also show that, on average, jump jockeys experience a fall every 16 rides and, with horses travelling at speeds of more than 30mph, flat falls can be equally serious.