Qualifications

Qualification for Stablehands
- Unit Standards for Stablehands
Qualifcation for Horsemen
- Unit Standards for Horsemen

Below are the qualifications that are offered by Harness Racing New Zealand for industry stablehands, trials horsemen and junior reinsmen.  If you are interested in a career in the racing industry and would like to gain a qualification as part of that make sure you contact one of our education team.

National Certificate in Equine (Stable Procedures) (Level 3)
  - Harness Racing Stable Assistant - 100 credits

This qualification is designed for people who are involved with horses in supervised roles such as harness racing stable hands.

The Core Compulsory recognises the knowledge and skills involved with care of the horse and saddlery; identification of health, ill health, anatomy, and conformation; preparation for travel; and preparation for exercise, handling, and feeding.  It also recognises knowledge of bringing a horse back into work and letting down, horse feed analysis, emergency care, a career in the equine industry, and horse gear and procedures used for horse exercise and the skills involved with working safely, performing calculations, and dealing with sexual harassment.

The Core Elective recognises the generic skills required to communicate in the workplace, manage own use of alcohol, use banking and financial services, and produce a budget.  It also recognises knowledge of stress and stress management, and the responsibilities involved with owning and operating a private motor vehicle.  

The Harness Racing Stable strand recognises the skills to prepare and drive a standardbred horse in training, and to represent and/or assist an owner at harness raceday or trials.  It also recognises knowledge of problem gambling and drug use in the racing industry, the harness racing industry structure, and the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing and Regulations and their application.

A sample of some of the units within this qualification include:

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Unit Standard 1660
Identify, catch, and prepare a horse for exercise

Level 2

Credit 4

People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify, catch, and restrain the horse; prepare the horse for gearing up; fit gear in preparation for exercise, according to supervisor's or trainer’s instructions; fit protection to the lower leg of the horse; and attend to post-exercise activities.

Unit Standard 6612
Identify plants, grasses, and trees which are potentially poisonous to horses, and describe methods of removal

Level 3

Credit 3

People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify plants, grasses, and trees which are potentially poisonous to horses, and recognise symptoms of poisoning; and describe methods of removal, avoidance, and/or treatment of potentially poisonous plants, grasses, and trees

Unit Standard 1596
Prepare and drive a standarbred horse in training

Level 3

Credit 10

People credited with this unit standard are able to: catch, restrain, and prepare a standardbred horse for gearing up; fit gear to a standardbred horse in preparation for exercise according to supervisor's instructions; prepare self and horse for driving; drive horse in training as instructed; attend to post exercise activities; and clean, check, and store sulkies and work carts.

Unit Standard 6579
Clean and maintain saddlery for horses

Level 2

Credit 2

People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify parts of, disassemble, and inspect saddlery; and clean, reassemble, and store saddlery.

National Certificate in Equine (Level 4)
- Harness Racing - 205 credits

This qualification has been developed for those trainees who would like to progress through the driving ranks and it completely envelopes the level three qualification (National Certificate in Equine Stable Procedures). 

The Level Four National Certificate in Equine - Harness Racing recognises the skills required to select and fit gear on standardbred horses; nominate a horse for a race, attend to a horse and owner at the races; prepare and drive a standardbred horse in training; and to represent and/or assist an owner at harness raceday or trials.  Qualification holders will also have knowledge of harness racing, the handicapping system, the racing industry judicial system, problem gambling and drug use in the racing industry, the harness racing industry structure, and the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing and Regulations and their application.

 The Core Compulsory section recognises the skills involved with caring for a horse, cleaning and maintenance of saddlery; identification of health, ill health, common ailments, and lameness; emergency care; identification of anatomy and conformation; preparation for travel, travel, and care of horses in short-term accommodation; preparation for exercise, handling, and feeding.

People will also have knowledge of bringing a horse back into work and letting down, horse anatomy, horse feed analysis, emergency care, a career in the equine industry, horse gear, and procedures used for horse exercise.

The Core Elective recognises the generic skills required to communicate in the workplace, be interviewed, participate in interviews with media, manage own use of alcohol, use banking and financial services, develop strategies for dealing with stress, and produce a budget.  People will also have knowledge of stress and stress management, financial management relevant to professional sportspersons, and the responsibilities involved with owning and operating a private motor vehicle. 

A sample of some of the unit standards within this qualification include:

Unit Standard 25004
Travel and care for horses in short-term accomodation

Level 4

Credit 4

People credited with this unit standard are able to: prepare transport and accommodation requirements for a horse travelling to a destination for a short period; prepare a horse for travel, travel with a horse to destination, and unload a horse; attend to immediate post-travel activities relating to horse and vehicle; and settle horse into new environment, manage horse during stay, and maintain facilities while in short-term accommodation.

Unit Standard 1633
Nominate horse for race, and attend to owner at the races

Level 5

Credit 4

People credited with this unit standard are able to: nominate a horse for a race, describe the procedures for withdrawal of horse from a race, and describe situations where clubs give preference when nominations exceed capacity number in the field; engage the jockey/driver for the race, and describe the responsibilities of an employer to an apprentice jockey/junior driver; attend to the horse's requirements in preparation for racing; liaise with the owner pre-race and post-race; and attend to the horse after the race.

Unit Standard 23970
Demonstrate knowledge of the racing industry judicial system

Level 4

Credit 6

People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate knowledge of: the purpose and function of the Judicial Control Authority for Racing (JCA); the judicial process on race day; the procedures of a judicial hearing; the process of a protest; a Breach of the Rules conducted at a race day or non-race day hearing; a 'Request for a Ruling'; the process if appealing a decision or penalty; and Protest and Breach of Rules application hearings

Unit Standard 1651
Recognise signs of good health, ill health, common ailments, and lameness in horses

Level 3

Credit 8

People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate knowledge of the anatomy of horses; demonstrate knowledge of the life cycle of internal and external parasites, their effect on horses’ health, and implementing preventative health measures; recognise signs of good health and ill health in horses, and report suspected ill health; identify and report common horse ailments; and Identify and report lameness in horses.