Statistics about female participation in the Victorian Racing Industry:
22% of jockeys (up from 10% in 2005) = 47 female riders
In 2005 there were 23 female jockeys (race riders including apprentices, picnic, jumps and senior riders; excluding track riders) licensed in Victoria. This represented 10% of the state’s jockey population at the time.
In 2005, 19% of licensed trainers were female.
In 2015, there are 231 licensed female trainers in the state of Victoria. This represents 24% of Victoria’s licensed trainers.
Of the 3,004 registered Victorian stable employees (this group includes track riders and Stablehands) for the 2015-16 racing season, 49% are female.
13 of the 23 first and second year apprentices in Racing Victoria’s Apprentice Jockey Training Program are females – a total of 56.5% (* we have had another female apprentice join the program from outside Victoria since the initial intake).
40% of Victoria’s 71 race clubs (representing metropolitan, country and picnic racing clubs) are managed by females.
Six female jockeys have won Group 1 races in Australia (Michelle Payne, Nikita Beriman, Kathy O’hara, Clare Lindop, Lauren Stojakovic & Linda Meech).
Growing Female Participation.