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STAR – Singapore Training Academy for Racing

STAR introduces to the public the racing industry in Singapore. Training is made available for those aspiring to work in the horse racing industry, starting off as a Stable Groom and then progressing on to riding careers (such as Track Rider and Apprentice Jockey) and non-riding career (such as Farrier).

Training is conducted at the Singapore Racecourse. It is the STAR’s mission that every trainee who has been trained and certified by the Academy emerges as a star horseman in his respective area of work.

The roles are governed by the Malayan Racing Association Rules of Racing and Regulations.

For more information, please contact us at 6879 1905 or 6879 1309.

 

Training Outline

  1. Aspiring Stable Grooms will undergo the Stable Groom Training Program and be placed with a MRA licensed Trainer for a period of 1 month.
  2. The trainees will be taught how to handle horses, manage the stables and care for horses.
  3. Upon completion of the Training Program and subject to satisfactory performance, the trainees will then be employed to work for the Trainer on a full-time basis. Employing Trainer to apply on behalf of trainee for MRA Stable employee licence.
  4. The trainees will be interviewed by the Stipendiary Stewards before they are recommended for a MRA Syce licence.

Application Criteria

  • Be at least sixteen (16) to sixty (60) years of age
  • Physically fit
  • Have completed primary school education
  • Be either a Singapore citizen or Singapore PR
  • To make full declaration of previous criminal convictions (if any)

Interviews with our Stable Grooms


Training Objectives

Trainees will be trained in basic stable management, horse handling and horse care and to accomplish these objectives during the 1 month (4 weeks) Stable Groom Training Program.

MONTH 1: WEEK 1

Stables Maintenance – During the first week of training, trainees are trained to perform an effective cleanup of the stable box using correct techniques to ensure cleanliness and cost effectiveness.

Training Objectives:

  1. Workplace safety
    • Able to follow the workplace safety and health system, safe work procedures implemented at the stables
    • Able to identify unsafe and negligent act that may endanger himself or others working in the stables
  2. Knowing the types of bedding – usage and methods
    • Able to identify the different types of stable beddings and adopt the correct usage method.
  3. Knowing the types of tools and equipment in the stables
    • Able to identify the different type of tools and equipment
  4. Performing daily routines – mucking out and stall cleanliness
    • Able to demonstrate the ability to muck out and maintain cleanliness of stable stall and minimize the wastage of bedding.
  5. Learning weekly routines – top ups and lay out
    • Able to use the correct amount of bedding for topping and laying out a stall and demonstrate the ability to layout a stall efficiently.
  6. Learning monthly maintenance and clean out of stalls
    • Able to demonstrate the ability to clean out a stall and layout with fresh bedding.

MONTH 1: WEEK 2

Horse Care – In the second week of training, the emphasis of the program is centered on maintaining, monitoring and caring for the horses’ health.

Training Objectives:

  1. Learning the various uses of stable equipment – grooming kits, hoof kits etc.
    Brushing and grooming – mane, body, tail
    Hoof Maintenance – picking, brushing, oiling
    Showering of horses and proper drying methods

    • Able to use the appropriate and correct equipment/kit to groom and shower a horse in a safe, effective and efficient manner.
  2. Equine Health – identifying the signs of sickness and good health in horses, bringing the horses to the Veterinary Clinic and caring for an injured or ill horse.

MONTH 1: WEEK 3

Getting Acquainted With Race Horses – In the third week of training, trainees are given more opportunity to handle horses – from walking the horses, turning out the horses at the paddock to bringing the horses for a swim.

Training Objectives:

  1. Learning the use of the types of equipment – bits, bridle, head collars
    • Able to demonstrate the ability to put on a bridle for a horse.
  2. Walking and handling of horses – control
    • Able to demonstrate the ability to walk and handle a horse with confidence.
  3. Turning out of horses - yards, paddocks, rolling boxes
    • Able to turnout a horse safely in the yard.

MONTH 1: WEEK 4

Preparing For Track Work And Races – In the final week of training, trainees will be required to prepare and tack up a horse for track work and races.

Training Objectives:

  1. Learning the use of the types of equipment – Saddles, Reins, Stirrups, Bridles, Bits etcSafety and equipment checks
    • Able to identify the different type of tack equipment and demonstrate how to tack a horse in a safe and confident manner.
    • Able to perform a safety check on tack and horse.

Stable Groom Training Record
STAR Programme Stable Groom Training Application Form


Funding Programme(s) for Singapore Turf Club’s Trainers - Place and Train Programme (by E2i)

E2i is a strategic partner of the Workforce Singapore (“WSG”) in the provision of employment facilitation assistance to jobseekers, as well as the development and implementation of manpower development programmes.

The PNT Programme (PNTP)

  • A programme by E2i to support employers who are willing to commit to hire new employees to the Equine industry.
  • Employers (Trainers) who have signed up for the PNTP are required to offer higher starting salaries and to develop a structured training programme for the new employees.
  • Participating Trainers are required to provide a starting basic salary of at least $1,700 to the new employees and upon completion of 4 months training, to give an increment of at least $200 to $1,900.
  • Once their PNTP application is approved by E2i, a Letter of Offer and Contract will be given to the Company.
  • E2i will be providing salary support to the participating Trainers of $4,760 per new employee [70% x $1,700 Basic Salary x 4 Training Months].

How to go about applying for PNTP?

Trainers to indicate their interest to participate by filling up the ‘Indication of Interest’ form at Appendix A and submit together with the following for E2i’s evaluation:

  • Full page ACRA Business Registration
  • Projected new hires (Singaporean/PRs) that will undergo this training programme for the next 12 months (i.e. how many people company intends to hire on board this programme)
  • What would be their starting salary? (breakdown of basic, fixed allowances, incentives if any)
  • What would be their designation?
  • The structured training programme (company may follow the structured programme developed by STC as attached at Appendix B)
  • What would be the adjusted salary for the trainee upon completion of 4 months training?
  • Any change in title upon salary adjustment?
  • What is the career progression for the horse grooms in your company. (please craft out a simple chart, sample as attached at Appendix C)

List of Documents to submit to E2i for Claims

At the end of the 5th month of the program, Trainer is to submit the following:

  • Appointment letter/staff contract signed by the new staff. Please ensure that the work commencement date should fall on or after the date of funding. The starting salary stated should be at least $1,700/month. NRIC of the workers should be stated to proof nationality of Singaporeans/PRs.
  • Attendance list to proof that the new hires have completed the committed 4 months training programme. (please see Appendix D)
  • Payslips and CPF statement during the 4 months reflecting $1,700 monthly salary that the staff receive during training.
  • Payslips and CPF statement reflecting the committed increment of $1,900 after the 4th month of training (on the 5th month)

Place and Train Programme application form (Appendix A)
Stable Groom Training Objectives (Appendix B)
Career Progression for Stable Grooms (Appendix C)
Place and Train Stable Groom Attendance List (Appendix D)

For enquiries pertaining to the PNTP, please contact the following:

E2i representatives:

STC Racing Development representatives:

Training Outline

  1. Aspiring Farriers will undergo the Farrier Training Program at the Singapore Turf Club Farrier School for a period of 30 months. There will be a maximum of 4 trainees per intake (subject to change).
  2. Applicants will undergo a 3 months selection process by the Master Farrier.
  3. Farrier trainees will need to undergo both practical and theory lessons and will be subjected to periodic assessments by the Master Farrier. Trainees who managed to pass the assessments will receive increments in their allowances.
  4. Trainees who are not able to pass the assessments will not be allowed to continue further with the training program

Application Criteria

  • Be either a Singapore citizen or Singapore PR
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have at least GCE ‘O’ level/ITE certification
  • Be physically and mentally fit
  • Have parents’ or guardians’ consent if below the age of 21 years

Interviews with our Farriers

Training Outline

  1. Aspiring Track Riders will undergo the Track Riding Program at the Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre (STCRC) for a period of 6 months. There will be 2 intakes per year with a maximum of 5 trainees per intake.
  2. All applicants must work for a local Trainer in the capacity of a Syce for at least 3 months prior to joining the program. Applicants will be selected through an interview process with the Chief Riding Instructor.
  3. All trainees will undergo periodic assessments by the Chief Riding Instructor to assess their riding abilities. Trainees will not be awarded certification should they not pass these assessments.
  4. The final assessment and interview will be conducted by the Stipendiary Stewards who will provide their recommendations if the trainee is to be given a Track Rider licence or not

Entry Criteria

  • Have worked as a Syce with the Trainer for at least 3 months
  • Be either a Singapore citizen or Singapore PR
  • Be between 16 to 26 years of age
  • Be below 55 kilograms in weight
  • Be physically and mentally fit
  • Have parents’ or guardians’ consent if below the age of 21 years

Interviews with our Track Riders

Training Outline

  1. A training program to provide selected Apprentice Jockeys with good performance and satisfactory disciplinary records with an invaluable experience to train and ride in an overseas racing circuit for exposure to improve in their race riding abilities.
  2. Apprentices will be sponsored by the Singapore Turf Club under the Apprentice Jockey Overseas Training Program and will undergo overseas training attachment with an approved racing institution for a maximum duration of three (3) to six (6) months
  3. An applicant for the Apprentice Jockey Overseas Training Program must be between sixteen (16) to twenty-six (26) years of age and be indentured to a local Trainer at the Singapore Turf Club
  4. The Trainer must ensure that the Apprentice is indentured to him/her and is granted an Apprentice Jockey licence by the Club for the duration of overseas training
  5. The Apprentice would be bonded and required to ride at the Club for a duration of time upon returning from overseas training, failing which they will be required to pay back a sum of money (to be determined) to the Club.

Entry Criteria

  • Have at least worked for the Trainer in the capacity of a Senior Track Rider for six (6) months prior to the program
  • Be either a Singapore or Malaysia citizen
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be below 50 kilograms in weight
  • Be physically and mentally fit
  • Have completed at least Primary Education

Costs and Amount Paid to Local Trainer and Apprentice Jockey

The estimated costs that are paid for by the Club are as follows:

Basic Airfares to and fro (to local Trainer) S$3,500
Living Allowances (to Apprentice) for period of three (3) months
at S$2000 per month
S$6,000
VISA Application and Health Checkup (one-off) S$800
Health Insurance coverage for Apprentice (to reimburse local Trainer) for three (3) months S$500
TOTAL COST S$10,800

Amount to be Paid Directly to Overseas Trainer:

Accommodation (capped at S$1000 per month for period of 3 months) S$3,000
Utilities (capped at S$100 per month for period of 3 months) S$300
General medical expenses/dental treatment (capped at S$500 per year) S$125
TOTAL COST S$3,425