Trainers who employ licensed Apprentice Jockeys will be receiving a letter from the BHA reminding them about the rules on paying expenses. The PJA had raised this subject with us earlier in the year and, as it is an agreed term of the Apprentice Training Agreement, it is reasonable to expect trainers to comply. Alternative arrangements are acceptable as long as the agreement is altered to pay full fees to the Apprentice.
There has been some discussion at trainers’ meetings about the relevance of more experienced Apprentice and Conditional Jockeys being employed by a trainer. Many of them spend most of their working time away from the yard and outside the employing trainer’s direct instruction. This is a subject for continued dialogue with the BHA and PJA.