The Accelerator Program

Are you a capable and experienced rider who wants to go to a new level, kick-starting a career, and experience the thrill and satisfaction of being involved in horseracing at its most vital level?

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About the Program

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to ride a racehorse at 60kmh? And to do it several times every morning on some of the best horses in the world for some of the best trainers in Australia?

If the answer is “Yes”, you now have the opportunity, not only to be a part of the racing industry but to be guided and mentored by some best in the business.

Thanks to Thoroughbred Industry Careers (TIC), and with the assistance of a selection of this country’s greatest jockeys, you can now be formally educated in trackwork riding, one of the most crucial skills in the racing industry through the ‘Accelerator Program’.

TIC has been joined by three-time Melbourne Cup winner Glen Boss, international stars Kerrin McEvoy and Nash Rawiller, Sydney’s top female jockeys Kathy O’Hara and Rachel King along with household names Tommy Berry, Hugh Bowman and Sam Clipperton to help critique and mentor the next generation of trackriders with a core team of instructors.

Channel 7 take a look at the Accelerator Program

The Australian Thoroughbred Industry is the second largest in the world, employing around 75,000 people – and for anyone who loves to ride, who doesn’t mind an adrenalin rush and would like to be a part of the training, education, and development of a racehorse, you now have a unique opportunity to get involved.

To shine a spotlight on trackriding, Thoroughbred Industry Careers (TIC) has created a formal, educational pathway called the ‘Accelorator Program’ designed to equip the right people for a job that is crucial to the racing industry.

You will receive practical hands-on vocational education training, leading to a nationally-recognized qualification that will open doors to Australia’s leading stables, with employment upon completion of the program guaranteed. Accommodation is arranged through Western Sydney University’s Richmond base and your instructors and lecturers have all “been there and done it”.

So, if you are a capable and experienced rider who wants to go to a new level, kick-starting a career, and experience the thrill and satisfaction of being involved in horseracing at its most vital level, apply now!

Upon completing your 12-weeks intensive training you will be guided into the workplace with the option to commence a Certificate III in Trackwork Rider (RGR 30518) as a traineeship.

About Trackriding

The Trackrider
The Trackrider

As well as possessing riding skills that help bring a racehorse to peak fitness, the trackrider is integral in maintaining a horse’s health and well-being by communicating vital information to the trainer on such things as a horse’s gait, it’s breathing and other observations that are only apparent to its rider during exercise.

“Good track riders are an essential part of any racing stable, both here and overseas. Horses need skilled and competent riders who can educate them, help keep them fit, and assist us in the training process. There has never been a better time for capable horsemen to be involved in racing.” Gai Waterhouse

Key Points

  • The program will commence in the second half of 2021
  • Training is conducted in the Hawkesbury Region of NSW
  • It is a 12 week full time program
  • Riders will be accomodated at Western Sydney Uni, Richmond
  • Riders need to be over 18 years of age and under 26
  • Spaces will be limited so don’t delay – Apply Now

The Mentors

Glen Boss
Glen Boss
Nash Rawiller
Nash Rawiller
Tommy Berry
Sam Clipperton
Kathy O’Hara
Rachel King
Rachel King
Hugh Bowman
Hugh Bowman
Kerrin McEvoy

What you Need to Know

Kathy O’Hara and Darren Beadman mentoring session
  • The program dates will be announced in June 2021 – please follow our social media pages to keep up to date with all announcements.
  • Training is conducted in the Hawkesbury Region of NSW and will take 12 weeks full time to complete.
  • The program will be capped at 15 Riders.
  • Riders will need to be able to cover the cost of their accommodation at Western Sydney University, Richmond Campus (approximately $200 per week, plus bond) and living expenses during training. Following training, Riders will be guided into a leading racing stable and start earning a wage with the option to commence a Certificate III in Trackwork Rider as a traineeship.
  • Riders will need to demonstrate a passion for horses and/or racing and a high level of equine experience through the application process to be considered for the program.
  • Riders need to be 18 years or over at the commencement of the program and 26 years or under.
  • The program will involve riding and physical fitness training, so Riders will need to be fit and healthy and have a strong work ethic and will to succeed.

The Application Process

The next intake of the Accelerator Program will be in the second half of 2021.

Riders will need to complete the application form below.

Remember we need to understand a bit about you, so please tell us as much as you can about your interests and background and why you would be a great trackrider. You will also need some photo’s handy to upload.


Once applications close students will be notified if they have been accepted for an interview on Facetime or Skype/Zoom.

During these interviews, applicants will be asked general questions about why they want to be on the program and their experience with horses.


Applicants will be notified via phone or email if they have a place on the program.

Successful Riders will then need to formally enrol into the program and their accommodation – details on how to do this will be forwarded to successful applicants along with what they will need to pack.

Application Form