Apprentice Jockeys' walk the course with Michael Tebbett before rinding Pic Dan Abraham - Newmarket 1.11.13

Under the Rules of Racing and the rules of the PAYE regime, all Conditional or Apprentice Jockeys must be employees of a licensed Trainer.  In addition, a Conditional or Apprentice Jockey cannot have self-employed status because:

  • It is a failure to comply with the conditions endorsed on the registration of stable employees application form.
  • The agreement between the BHA, Inland Revenue and the Professional Jockeys’ Association on the taxation of Jockeys is that Conditional or Apprentice Jockeys are regarded by the Inland Revenue as employees of the Trainer for whom they ride.
  • Self Employed individuals lose their entitlement to Statutory Sick Pay and are only able to claim Employment and Support Allowance, which in turn affects the entitlement to claim against the Professional Riders’ Insurance Scheme (PRIS). This could have the effect of a loss of income.
  • Self-employed Jockeys are not entitled to make a claim against the Industry Disablement Benefit Scheme (RIABS), whereas the Grade 1 employed Jockey, which covers the majority of Conditional and Apprentice Jockeys can make a claim, this can therefore, be considered another severe loss of income.

Failure to abide by these instructions or for those of you who are currently self-employed, failure to revert back to employed status, would be treated as a very serious offence by the Disciplinary Panel of the BHA and would, in all probability, result in you and your Trainer having to appear at The BHA!

The Training Agreement

All Jockeys and Trainers sign an agreement which is part of the licence application form.

Key Points include:

Mileage Allowance:  22.5p per mile or 50% of public/private transport.  Receipts must be provided.
To download a mileage claim form, click here.

Private Medical Insurance:  50% of the cost to be borne by the Trainer until you are on full fees.

Equipment:  Skullcap, Breeches, Goggles, Body Protector and Whip to be provided by the Trainer

Riding Fee Split


Prize Money

Licence Claim Jockey % Trainer % Jockey % Trainer % Jockey % Trainer %
Apprentice 7lbs 50 50 50 50 50 50
Apprentice 5lbs 55 45 50 50 50 50
Apprentice 3lbs 80 20 100 0 50 50


Riding Fee Split


Prize Money

Licence Claim Jockey % Trainer % Jockey % Trainer % Jockey % Trainer %
Conditional 7lbs 50 50 50 50 100 0
Conditional 5lbs 100 0 100 0 100 0
Conditional 3lbs 100 0 100 0 100 0


Jockey’s licence

All application forms for a Jockey’s licence can now be found and completed online through the BHA website, click here for more information.

If you have any queries regarding your licence or require paper application forms, please contact the BHA licensing department on 0207 152 0000.