1. Please describe how the jockeys are paid in your country. If appropriate, please provide the monetary amount for compensation or the percentage for riding fees, as well as the percentage of the purse distribution. Of these fees, please advise how much, if any, each rider contributes to benefits and/or the jockey association.
Jockeys paid directly from Horse Racing Ireland:
Flat = € 167.99 (fees € 3.35 Jockey Pension Trust, - € 3.35 Jockeys Association Commission, - € 7.56 Jockeys Accident Fund) = € 153.73
N. Hunt = € 184.59 (fees € 3.84, - € 3.84, - € 9.07) = € 175.29
2. Please advise if your country provides socialized medicine. If not, please describe the health care that is provided to riders and who contributes to the cost of such expense.
3. Please advise if jockeys are covered under a workers’ compensation program or something similar in the event of an accident in your country. If not, who is responsible for the cost of care for the injured jockey?
No, a socialized Healthcare and Jockeys Accident Fund
4. Please advise if foreign riders are covered if they are injured in your country. If so, who provides the insurance for foreign riders when they come to ride? How long is the coverage? Does it only cover medical care received in your country or does it also cover care once they have returned home?
Yes, covered for medical treatment following accidents. Not covered for repatriation costs.
5. Please provide all sources of funding for your jockey association.
Funding provided directly by Jockeys from deductions from riding fees
6. Please advise if it is mandatory for jockeys to be a member of your organization.
7. Please provide all sources of funding for the jockey benefits that your members receive, including contributions from the jockeys, the owners, your association, the government and racing bodies, etc.
Benefit schemes funded by contributions from Jockeys and owners
8. Please provide a description of all benefits provided to the jockeys who are members of your organization such as disability benefits including temporary or permanent disabilities, death benefits, pension plans, medical insurance and coverage, etc.
Jockeys Accident Fund, Jockeys Pension Scheme, Social Insurance
9. Please provide a description of benefits provided for retired jockeys, if any, in addition to the benefits provided to active riders.
Irish Jockeys Pension Trust and Irish Injured Jockeys Fund
10. Please advise if your association receives any of the fines paid by jockeys as a result of racing infractions or violations.
11. Please provide any and all information pertaining to the medical standards and guidelines or requirements during race meets. For example, the number of doctors, medical personnel, ambulances, relations with medical trauma centers, etc.
Minimum two doctors, three ambulances
12. If required, who is responsible for the cost of liability policies for coverage of the jockeys in the event of an accident?
13. Please advise if your organization has a charity fund to assist riders (both active and retired) with hardships and who provides the funding.
Yes, Irish Funded Jockeys Fund and Irish Jockeys Trust
14. Please provide the standards for the safety vest and for the helmets for the jockeys. Who is responsible for inspecting the equipment to make sure that it is in compliance with the rules. Is any of the equipment provided by or paid for by the association or others?
Approved Helmet Standards
- > PAS 025: 2011
- > SNELL E2016
- > VG1 01.040 2014-12
Level 2 minimum Standard for Vest
15. Is there a minimum and/or maximum age for licensing? Is schooling or training mandated?
16 Years; schooling and training is mandated
16. Please explain with regards to the kitchens in the jockey quarter or food that is available to riders during the race day.
Raceday Catering provided at all tracks of varying standards
17. Please advise the minimum scale of weights for riders in your country. Additionally, please advise what equipment is included when a jockey weighs out before the race.
8 stone 4 pounds (52.5kg). Saddle and girths only included
18. Please advise if your organization provides assistance and education pertaining health and well-being such nutrition, psychological, job retraining, etc.
19. Is jockey advertising allowed in your country? If so, what are the requirements to allow for jockeys to wear the advertising? Is it the individual riders who enter into the contracts with the sponsors or does your organization handle to negotiations? How are the proceeds of the contracts distributed or do all of the funds go to the individual jockey?
In relation to advertising, yes advertising allowed. Individual rider contracts and group schemes available.
20. How are the jockey agents and valets paid? What is the usual percentage that the agents receive? What is the usual percentage for valets?
By direct deduction from Jockeys account. Agents fee 10%