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
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.