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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills (Level 3) with strands in Harness Racing Stable Assistant, Thoroughbred Raceday Strapper, Thoroughbred Racing Track Rider, and Sporthorse Stable Assistant
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 3
Credits 40 - 55
Subject Area
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies » Agriculture » Animal Husbandry
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the equine industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge to assist in the stabling, care, and/or exercise of horses in the performance horse sectors of the equine industry.

The qualification is stranded to reflect the specialist skills required to work either in the harness racing industry in a driving role, the thoroughbred racing industry in either riding or non-riding roles, or the sporthorse industry in a riding role.

This qualification is targeted at people who have some experience handling horses in the equine industry and who wish to further develop their skills in a specific sector.

Graduates will benefit by having a qualification that provides recognition of their skills and a pathway to further qualifications in the equine racing or sporthorse industry.

The industry will benefit from this qualification by having qualified staff who are able to contribute effectively in the workplace.

Graduates will be capable of working under limited supervision with responsibility for work outcomes.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Attend to the routine day to day requirements of horses in training
- Apply skills and knowledge in the routine identification, reporting, and treatment of problems of horses in training, and respond appropriately to emergencies involving horses
- Communicate effectively with team members and clients

Graduates of the Harness Racing Stable Assistant strand will also be able to:
- Apply skills and knowledge in preparing and driving standardbred horses in trackwork, and attend to horses' requirements before and after trackwork and racing

Graduates of the Thoroughbred Raceday Strapper strand will also be able to:
- Apply correct procedures in the routine preparation of horses and gear for trials and racing, and attend to horses requirements before and after trials and racing

Graduates of the Thoroughbred Racing Track Rider strand will also be able to:
- Apply skills and correct procedures when riding thoroughbred racehorses, as instructed, in pacework and fastwork on public training tracks, and attend to horses' routine requirements before and after trackwork
- Apply skills and correct procedures when riding thoroughbred racehorses for barrier practice and jump outs

Graduates of the Sporthorse Stable Assistant strand will also be able to:
- Apply routine procedures when exercising and training horses for a sporthorse discipline
- Conduct the routine preparation of a horse for an event, and attend to horses' and riders' requirements at the event
Education pathways
This qualification builds on from the relevant strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills (Level 2) [Ref: 2375].

The Harness Racing Stable Assistant strand of this qualification can lead to the Harness Racing Driver/Trainer strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Equine Racing (Level 4) [Ref: 2374].

The Thoroughbred Raceday Strapper strand, with significant further industry experience, can lead to the Racing Stable Foreman strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Equine Management (Level 5) [Ref: 2380].

The Thoroughbred Racing Track Rider strand of this qualification can lead to the Thoroughbred Racing Jockey strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Equine Racing (Level 4) [Ref: 2374].

The Sporthorse Stable Assistant strand of this qualification can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills (Sporthorse Groom) (Level 4) [Ref: 2377].
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to be employed as harness racing stable assistants, thoroughbred raceday strappers, thoroughbred racing track riders, or sporthorse stable assistants, depending on the strand completed.

With further work experience and study, graduates may gain employment as thoroughbred racing jockeys, harness drivers/trainers, harness racing drivers, or sporthorse grooms.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
Roles that involve riding in the thoroughbred or sporthorse industries require learners to have basic riding experience prior to entry to programmes leading to this qualification.
Education Organisation 5 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Primary Industry Training Organisation
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2376
Status Current
Created November 2014
Last Reviewed October 2015
Next Review October 2019
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