At equuip we are here to help employers through the provision of education and training interventions for both them, and their employees. On the page below you will find details of some of the initiatives we have in place which may be of interest to you. 

If you have any queries, suggestions, or comments please contact us directly by email at [email protected]

Job Board

We offer FREE job advertising for all employers in the Irish racing and breeding industry, if you have a vacancy please advertise it with us so that we can promote it for you. We have a wide variety of fans and followers on social media and will promote your vacancies across all our social media channels. Please visit the Job Board section of the site for details on how to post vacancies.

 

Subsidised Training

We offer subsidised training where required for employees within the industry, in recent years we have offered  Emergency First Aid, Occupational Health and Safety, Business Development training, and HGV driving training. We are always open to suggestions on training interventions which you feel would be useful for employees within the industry. We work closely with the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association (IRTA), the Irish Stable Staff Association (ISSA), the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) and the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association (ITBA) to better understand the needs of employers and employees within the industry. Get in touch in us at [email protected] if you have have any suggestions or comments.  

Education & Training Grant

Open to everyone working in the Irish Racing & Breeding Industry


Equuip has established an education and training grant programme which is available to all who work in the Irish racing industry, whether you work in a racing yard, a stud farm, or at a racecourse or sales house you are eligible for the grant programme. The programme is also open to all Jockeys, both professional and amateur.

The programme will make a contribution towards the cost of any accredited course or training programme and forms part of the equuip commitment to providing access to education and training opportunities for employees in the racing and breeding industry.

If you have an employee who is interested in upskilling, or indeed if you yourself are interested, then the grant programme is well worth checking out. Full details about the programme and the qualifying criteria can be found by clicking below.

Industry Assistance Programme

24 Hour Helpline

As an employer within the horse racing industry you might, on occasion, have an employee who is going through tough times, this can be a difficult situation to face as you will want to help your employee but you may feel that you lack the necessary skills. 

HRI and equuip recognise this and we offer an Industry Assistance Program (IAP) which offers free, confidential, independent support. The IAP is staffed by a team of highly trained and qualified professionals who are experts in fields such as well-being, family matters, relationships, workplace issues, consumer rights, and much more. 

You can be confident that the information you receive is accurate, up-to-date, and relevant to your particular circumstances. Please visit our dedicated Industry Assistance Programme web-page for full details on the range of contact methods. 

Employment Guide for the Irish Racing & Breeding Industry

Employees are an invaluable asset for all enterprises but especially in the horse breeding and racing sectors where working with these special animals requires special people. 

The practice of managing employees demands many skills from the manager or owner in order that the enterprise can be successful and be sustained. Managers needs to demonstrate leadership in order to develop the trust that is necessary for employees to perform their tasks as instructed, often without immediate supervision. To help you navigate these important relationships a working group of industry bodies, including the IRTA, the ISSA, and the ITBA came together with the Workplace Relations Commission to provide a comprehensive employment guide for the industry. 

You can download a copy of the guide using the button.

Health, safety & well-being guide for the horse breeding and racing sectors

The guide has been broken down into the order of subject areas listed below:

Insurance implications; Health and safety legislation in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland; Specific responsibilities of industry staff members and general responsibilities of all employees; Safety statements and the principles of risk management; Policies and SOPs, with examples and samples of such documents; Induction and training programmes, including health safety and well-being programmes and employee welfare; Emergency planning and procedures; Pandemic response planning; Accident reporting and general record keeping.

Further downloadable documents will be available soon. Limited amount of printed documents that can be posted out to interested parties. Contact [email protected] or call 0864425226.

Industry focused training

Racing Academy & Centre of Education

We work closely with the Racing Academy & Centre of Education (RACE) to offer industry focused training, we have a selection of training options for those working in racing yards, primarily for stable staff but also for amateur jockeys and conditional jockeys, across a range of areas and for a variety of levels of experience. Below are details of some of the programmes we fund:

  1. Basic safety & certified manual handling – 1 Day Course for new or less experienced staff 
  2. Advanced safety & certified manual handling  – 2 Day Course for new staff 
  3. Horse care and management - Travel preparation and taking a horse racing – 2 Day Course
  4. Rider improvement – 4 Day Course for to improve their riding skills and or confidence when riding racehorses
  5. Advanced rider improvement – A number of 1/2 day training sessions  for staff to improve their technical skills 
  6. Amateur Rider Schooling preparation – 1 Day Course to improve riding skills in relation to schooling over obstacles, in preparation for an A3 Amateur riding license.  
  7. Amateur Rider Schooling progression – 1 Day Course to improve race riding skills in relation to taking part in Point-to-point races, for those who already hold an A3 Amateur riding license.  
  8. The Exercise Rider Training Programme - This is a 12-week intensive course for 18 to 25 year olds, students spend 12-weeks working Monday to Saturday lunchtime on campus in the role of an exercise rider. Upon successful completion students will be assisted to find full-time employment in a racehorse trainers yard.
  9. Junior Academy - R.A.C.E. run several Junior Academy days every year for young people aged from 10 to 16 years, with a dream of becoming a jockey. These training days are open to ALL from experienced pony race riders to riders with no experience of racing, 

Work Rider Permits

Through the work of the ITBA, IRTA and Horse Racing Ireland’s equuip department, the horse racing and breeding Industry have secured 100 work rider permits.

Please see relevant information and contact details for this process.



It is important to note, that it is a requirement to undertake a Labour Market Needs Test, which involves:

  • To provide the Department of Social Protection Employment Services/EURES Employment Network Reference Number of the advertisement for the job.
  • Advert must run for 28 days before the application can be made.
  • A copy of the advertisement for the job in a national newspaper for each of the 3 days.
  • A copy of the advertisement for the job in a local newspaper for each of the 3 days (if paper published weekly only 1 advertisement required) or copy of ad on a job’s website (separate to Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection/EURES website) for 3 days.

 

Full details of this process can be found at the attached link – Labour Market Needs Test - DETE (enterprise.gov.ie)

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