“To become a jockey, you need to live a horse life”. Well, this is not just a statement but the truth every jockey lives with, his entire life. It takes incredible commitment, dedication, and bravery to lead the life of a jockey. Moreover, life is always at threat whenever a jockey is out on the track. It therefore becomes very important to have a sense of affection and intimacy with the horse that he is riding. Well horses do talk! The more your horse is familiar with you, and vice-versa, the more effortlessly you guide your horse on the track. When to turn, when to pull off, when to accelerate and most importantly, when to calm down; it all depends on how much you know your horse.
Becoming and being a jockey is no joke. It requires extraordinary talent to become a successful jockey. Here are some of the astonishing facts about the life of a Jump Jockey DSport has brought for you.
- A National Hunt jockey jumps around 7,000 obstacles throughout the year. Stacked up one on top of another, that’s almost the height of Mount Everest!
- They drive 70,000 miles a year to and from race courses, which is equivalent to travelling around the equator nearly three times.
- They can be riding out up to four lots of horses on a morning before heading to racing which helps keep them fit.
- Tasting the turf, a jump jockey is likely to fall one in every 17 rides.
- Even though they are rivals on the racecourse, in the weighing room there is a great camaraderie between jockeys and maintain a close-knit group.
- They will ride over a total distance of 1,300 miles over a year. It’s like travelling from London to Rome.
- Jockeys often have to restrict their diets to make the weight, usually keeping fuelled-up during the day by drinking energy drinks.
- A typical day for a jump jockey starts from 6 AM in the morning. They ride the horses in the morning and then go to the gym. By afternoon, they drive to the racecourse, get free by evening. They reach back to their homes by 9 PM in the evening, have their dinners and go through the race replays before retiring to bed.
Indeed, so much hard work and so much riding on the jokey!