WATCH: A Day in the Life of a Jump Jockey

The life of a jump jockey is no easy feat and it isn’t one for the fainthearted…

Aside from the hours they spend in the saddle – amounting to a whopping 840 hours a year for the average jockey, they also have an intense exercise regime to contend with on a daily basis.

This is what the average day might look like:

  • 06:00 to 11:00 – Wake up, exercise the horses, head to the gym
  • 11:00 to 13:00 – Drive to racecourse
  • 13:00 to 16:00 – At the racecourse, riding in races roughly every 30 minutes
  • 16:00 to 18:00 – Drive home
  • 18:00 to 21:00 – Home, light dinner, watching race replays and downtime

Stat 8 A Day in the life of a Jump Jockey

Over half of their day is spent riding or exercising! When not preoccupied with training a jockey can be found typically spending 27% of their day travelling the length and breadth of the country for their next ride and a chance of a win.

A demanding life of training, travelling and (occasionally) toppling off of your ride, there is a reason jump jockeys’ are some of the fittest and toughest athletes out there.