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There are no specific educational requirements for becoming a
jockey. There are riding schools and the North American Racing
Academy, which opened in 2006, but most jockeys get their training
by immersing themselves in the world of horse racing and learning
the basics while performing support tasks such as exercising and
training horses. In high school, your best bet is to get a
well-rounded education. Classes in physical education will build
your strength and agility, while business courses will give you a
general working knowledge of finances and money management-skills
you will need when you become a jockey. All professional jockeys
must earn a license.
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