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TAB SA Apprentice Academy

Harness your potential as an Apprentice Jockey and see what the racing industry can offer you    

The Thoroughbred Racing SA Apprentice Academy has been educating young apprentice jockeys since the early 1980's. Apprentices are taught a range of techniques and skills at the Academy that help them on their paths to becoming competent and experienced senior riders. The program has recently introduced a new training partnership with The University of South Australia.


Size, skill and fitness are all significant factors in becoming a jockey, as is a love of horses and a desire to win! Motivation and enthusiasm is essential. Click below to find out more about the Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey).

Certificate IV in Racing

National Apprentice Race Series 2019 (NARS)

The National Apprentice Race Series (NARS) 2019, is Australia’s premier apprentice-only race series and showcases the riding talents of the country’s most exciting young jockeys.

First conducted in 2008, the Series draws together apprentices from across Australia to represent their state in a collection of races in six states and territories.

Points are awarded for the top five placings in each leg of the series as follows; first – 7, second – 5, third – 3, fourth – 2 and fifth – 1, with the state that accumulates the most points crowned the winner.

Montgomerie Forrest Series

The Montgomerie Forrest Series was named in tribute of two female apprentice Jockeys that have passed away. Simone Montogomerie started her career at David Jolly’s stables and became the first female to ever win the NT's jockey premiership.
Caitlin Forrest was a successful apprentice and won the Provincial and Country Apprentice Jockey of the Year for the 2013/14 season.

  • May 19th Strathalbyn
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