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Apprentice Academy SA

Apprentice Academy SA 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 here to find out more about the Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey).

National Apprentice Race Series 2021 (NARS) 

The National Apprentice Race Series (NARS) 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.

Ben Price represented SA in Round 1 at Murray Bridge, while Lizzie Annells flew the flag in Round 2. 

Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues, the remaining legs of NARS 2021 have been postponed.