Certificate I in Racing (Stablehand)
This qualification provides an avenue for pre-employment training for students in schools who are contemplating employment in the entry-level occupation of stablehand. These trainee stablehands demonstrate basic practical skills and work under constant supervision with horses that are well-educated, tractable and docile. Driving or riding skills can be acquired through optional electives.
A stablehand is a person who is employed in a harness or thoroughbred racing stable and whose prime function is to care for horses and meet their individual needs of feeding, grooming and keeping the environment safe, clean and hygienic. A stablehand at AQF level 1 works under the direction of a trainer or stable supervisor in performing routine tasks and only handles horses that are well-educated and tractable. The stablehand is also responsible for passing on messages and information to others in the stable.