horse breeding


Stepping stones to a rewarding career

Career pathways in horse breeding

Racing, breeding, equestrian organisations and businesses see themselves as an industry with many common goals.

Together they make a substantial contribution to the Australian economy of the whole of the horse industry. The horse industry contributes an estimated $6.3 billion to gross domestic product and the value of volunteer labour pushes the contribution of the industry to almost $8 billion. See The Horse Industry – Contributing to the Australian economy: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation 2001 »

Racing (breeding, racing businesses and wagering) is estimated to contribute around $3.9 billion to GDP. There is an estimated 900 000 to 1.8 million horses in Australia.

The horse breeding sector involves the care, mating, raising, marketing and management of very valuable bloodstock.

The horse breeding industry is spread throughout Australia and creates many investment and career opportunities in rural and urban communities. The annual breeding cycle of the industry enables Australian workers to obtain fresh opportunities in the northern hemisphere during the Australian off-season.

The skills and expertise of the Australian horse sector workforce are highly sought after overseas. The export of live horses is comparable in value with live cattle and sheep. Many go to New Zealand, Asia and South Africa.

Horse breeding requires competent and skilled workers, including stable hands, strappers and farriers to care for horses, supervisors to oversee stud operations, and managers to run business operations.

Jobs and qualifications

Stud Hand Certificate I in Rural Operations »
Senior Stud Hand Certificate II in Agriculture »
Stud Groom Certificate III in Agriculture (Horse Breeding) »
Stud Supervisor Certificate IV in Agriculture »
Stud Manager Diploma of Agriculture »
General Manager Advanced Diploma of Agriculture or Rural Business Management »
Stud Hand

Stud hands are usually at the beginning of a career in the horse breeding industry. Duties may include basic horse handling duties, feeding and handling, cleaning and maintaining stables, paddocks and equipment, maintaining property improvements and operating machinery and equipment.

Senior Stud Hand

A senior stud hand will be involved in a wide range of tasks under limited supervision. Tasks may include performing daily horse routines, administering first aid and medications, caring for foals and young horses, operating machinery and equipment and property improvements.

Stud Groom

A stud groom is a skilled farmhand will be involved in coordinating a wide range of horse breeding activities, such as caring for and foaling-down broodmares, carrying out mare mating procedures, handling and care of stallions and establishing and conserving pastures and crops.

Stud Supervisor

A stud supervisor has responsibility for a number of workers and a range of horse breeding activities, stud stable management duties, supporting artificial insemination procedures, preventing and treating equine injury, disease and supervision and training of staff.

Stud Manager

A stud manager is likely to have significant responsibilities in managing horse breeding activities. Their duties include managing livestock production and physical and natural resources, business administration, staff management and training and supporting livestock marketing.

General Manager

A general manager has the primary responsibility for ensuring that the horse breeding enterprise is successfully managed. These responsibilities include whole property planning and management, managing livestock production systems, marketing livestock and business planning.