British Study: Workload For Those In Racing ‘Unsustainable Individually Or Organisationally’

A British study finds the week-to-week workload for jockeys, grooms, and trainers in racing there “potentially seems unsustainable individually or organisationally” based on long working hours, lack of overtime pay, and a normalization of a lack of work/life balance.

The majority of those surveyed reported they were currently experiencing stress, anxiety or depression related to work – nearly 75 percent of trainers, 87 percent of jockeys, 72 percent of backstretch workers and 79 percent of farm workers.

Jockeys cited financial instability, uncertainty about ride availability, and lack of downtime as factors in their stress levels. Trainers most commonly reported equine injuries, financial instability, and unpaid owners’ bills as the reasons behind their stress.

The study was conducted by Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Sport and Exercise and was commissioned by Racing Welfare. Detailed interviews were conducted with 131 participants.

Read more at The Guardian

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