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Horse Trainer

(Trainer, Assistant Trainer, Private Trainer)


Horse Trainers study past performance records, observe horses during workouts, and utilize knowledge of training methods to plan a training schedule based on peculiarities of each horse. They condition horses for competitive racing through an exercise and workout program and enter horses in training races to familiarize them with starting gate and racing procedures. They clock horses during workouts to determine when they are ready for official races and instruct jockeys on handling specific horses during a race. They also direct workers in exercising, grooming, and feeding the horses. They may train horses as an independent operator and advise owners on purchasing horses. Trainers may also represent owners in the matter of entries, declarations and the employment of jockeys. The trainer is responsible for, and is the absolute insurer of, the condition of an entry he enters regardless of the acts of third parties.

Certification Requirements:

An occupational license is required. Applicants must have good character and respect for the integrity of all participants. Every application is reviewed, updated and carefully processed by the Licensing unit before a license is issued.

Recertification Requirements:

Fingerprinting is required of each applicant. Where it is found that his/her participation in racing would be inconsistent with the public interest or the best interest of racing generally, a thorough investigation is conducted before unfavorable action is taken in the form of a denial, suspension or revocation of his/her license.

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2018, there were 2,443 issued for the occupation of Trainer.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Gaming Commission
PO Box 7500
Schenectady, New York 12301-7500
Phone: (518) 388-3300

Standard Occupational Classification:

39-2011.00 - Animal Trainers
To learn more about this occupation go to the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 1/9/19.

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