I pick horses with pretty names. 🙂
Staff I suppose. Without staff there wouldn’t be any races. You see trainers complaing about not having enough staff and struggling. I’m sure that’s true, equally however, I can understand not wanting to work for minimum/low wage with weekends, early starts, not enough spare time etc. making a social life and planning for the future difficult. Pretty much all the job adverts I see online are for “experienced” staff. I’m not saying put someone on a horse that hasn’t ever sat on one, but maybe it’s possible to progress people through from yard staff (with no experience) that don’t ride to riders, as obviously there aren’t enough there at the moment. That would, on the trainers’ side, mean putting effort in training people, giving them lessons, sending them to courses and I guess trainers might worry that they put the work in and then people leave… but it might, over the long run, add to the pool of people who can ride and work! You could give them a contract that they have to stay with you for a certain amount of time in oder to pay you back for the training you gave them or otherwise pay you back money.
You could change the way you do things, change the rotas, so working hours are more accommodating etc… I’m sure that things could be done, give people incentives to join and, crucially, stay!
I’ve heard that Daniel and Claire Kubler, who Crowd Racing have the Dandy Man filly with, are a fantastic yard to work for. Maybe others should check with them what they are doing differently?
(These are my impressions, I don’t know how people run their yards, so things may be very different to how I perceive them in which case it might be worth educating “the public” as there may be riders out there, who may be interested in joining the industry once they know more about the working conditions)
When Born to Finish had his first win ever at Lingfield!
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