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    Posted: 03 Nov 2009 at 3:15am
How do I become a Jockey? I really need to know. Do you have to be a certain height, weight etc. What age do you need to be? Do you need to do certain things before you apply?
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Are female jockeys chosen to ride the big name horse often?

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Originally posted by FlyingThoroghbred FlyingThoroghbred wrote:

Are female jockeys chosen to ride the big name horse often?

 
Lol not often only because they aren't usually up to the quality men. Claire Lindop gets big name rides, but she's the best lass by a long way...
 
You probably need to be around 50kg, to get rides as an apprentice. Contact Racing NSW or even stables...
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I wrote to Bart Cummings when I was in year 10 at school asking about becoming a jockey. He wrote back to me and mentioned weights, diet etc. And signed the letter. That would of been about 1987. I still have the letter somewhere in an album.
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Lol are you still on the diet?
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Originally posted by FlyingThoroghbred FlyingThoroghbred wrote:

Are female jockeys chosen to ride the big name horse often?

Women have had a lot of success in NZ... Sam Spratt, Lisa Cropp in recent couple of years. 
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The best advic is contact Racing Victoria. That's who runs the apprentices school. You should also look at their website which has info about careers in racing. And don't pay any attention to people knocking women jockeys. If you're a woman and you want to be a jockey - go for it. More and more are becoming successful.
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Originally posted by mitch_006 mitch_006 wrote:

Lol are you still on the diet?


I think thats where he stopped reading.
I hope that when I die, people say about me, "Boy, that guy sure owed me a lot of money."
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No, but times are a changing and the next female jock who proves she is the equal of her male comrades, will get the nod. 

Bart Cummings, Peter Moodie, Terry O'Sullivan for example all regularly use female jockeys and Clair Lindop regularly rides the best horses in South Australia as does Sam Spratt in NZ.


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Plenty of good women jockeys around Linda Meech , Kathy O'hara , Libby Hopwood  and Michelle Payne to name a few
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Originally posted by mitch_006 mitch_006 wrote:

Lol are you still on the diet?
 
Ha Ha no chance at all. After 2.5 years in Spain with the bar I am up to 80kg with a good beer gut to show for it.    
 
Maybe in my next life.      
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Originally posted by KangaMick KangaMick wrote:

Originally posted by mitch_006 mitch_006 wrote:

Lol are you still on the diet?
 
Ha Ha no chance at all. After 2.5 years in Spain with the bar I am up to 80kg with a good beer gut to show for it.    
 
Maybe in my next life.      
 
LOL yer i admire what these little people do. It's not much of a life trying to stay 53kg all year round
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Linda Meech seems to ride a winner in the bush every day.
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That's an idea. But times have changed since 1987. My older cousin sent letters to numerous people and never recieved an answer.
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I mean i really want to become a jockey. Horses and racing are my passion! I still got a couple of years before i NEED to decide what i wanna be after school but i want to be a jockey. but is it a lost hope? I'm not tall but i'm not the shortest person around either. I could loose a couple kilos (not many) and be an ideal weight.
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FT how old are you and are you a capable rider? Should try to hook up with a respected stable  as a track rider and take it from there. Nikita Berriman, Michelle Payne, Linda Meech, Kathy O,Hara, Clair Lindop etc are all aking a great living out of being jockeys so if your really keen have a crack for sure.
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i gotta go, but if anyone has any tips for me or anything at all, please e-mail me. bellaboo102@hotmail.com   thanks
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There are some decent female jocks around but pound for pound on the whole they will never be as good for obvious reasons.
 
I always say chase your dreams but if you are a girl probably better to look elsewhere to avoid disappointment :).
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Your size of your hands and feet will tell if you are going to get too big.
If you take a shoe size bigger than 4, when going into an apprenticeship, the odds are that weight will beat you.
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Originally posted by mitch_006 mitch_006 wrote:

Originally posted by FlyingThoroghbred FlyingThoroghbred wrote:

Are female jockeys chosen to ride the big name horse often?

 
Lol not often only because they aren't usually up to the quality men. Claire Lindop gets big name rides, but she's the best lass by a long way...
 
You probably need to be around 50kg, to get rides as an apprentice. Contact Racing NSW or even stables...


Miles off there.
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Being a jockey isn't easy, only a small percentage actually finish there apprenticeships. 
It's extremely tough going; minimal meals, sweating, early starts, long travel etc, but if you dedicated then try starting as a strapper and go from there or speak to a few jocks.  Height isn't that much of an issue, just weight. Steven Arnold is around 5ft10. 
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Here's the info at Racing Victoria about becoming a jockey.

http://www.racingvictoria.net.au/p_Apprentice_Jockeys.aspx
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