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TAB SA Apprentice Academy

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

National Apprentice Race Series 2020 (NARS) - CANCELLED 

Due to the growing health concerns in wake of COVID-19 and further travel restrictions the 2020 National Apprentice Race Series has been postponed until further notice.

The National Apprentice Race Series (NARS) 2020, 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.