Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), through its Careers and Racing Education (CARE) department has established an Education and Training Grant programme to provide assistance to professional jockeys. The grant programme will make a contribution towards the cost of any Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) accredited course and is part of CARE’s commitment to help jockeys to develop their skills and qualifications for their current role, or to help them prepare for life and work outside race riding.

The grant programme will operate on a reimbursement basis. Applicants to the grant programme will be required to apply, enrol, and pay any fees due for their selected course themselves. CARE will then reimburse part of this fee upon submission of the completed application form. The grant will be paid in two instalments: 50% at the commencement of the course and 50% upon successful completion. Applicants must have held a professional jockeys licence, issued by the Irish Turf Club, over three of the past five years.

Patrick Ryan of CARE, said: “I hope the grant programme will act as an incentive for jockeys to consider upskilling, or getting back into education and that any jockey who is out injured will look at using their time on the sidelines to do a course in an area that is of interest to them. We will also be willing to offer expertise and experience from within HRI for any jockey who needs assistance or advice with an assignment, study plan, or project.”

Further information can be found www.workinracing.ie