Life is demanding for fifteen year old apprentice jockeys seeking a career in the world of horse racing.

Young people from all over Ireland are now coming to The Curragh to train as apprentice jockeys under a joint venture with The Turf Club and AnCO. 'Ireland's Eye' finds out about the daily routine of a trainee jockey, from mucking out the stables to the classroom.

Barry from Galway, having completed the course is now a racing apprentice and says that he benefited hugely from the course. 

Former jockey Joe is now the headman at Dermot Weld Stables describes the tough conditions under which he trained and how the facilities are better nowadays. He believes the most important things to learn to be a successful jockey are dedication and discipline.

Trainees come from all walks of life, both urban and rural. They must be small, brave and have an innate ability with horses.

Derek an instructor at the school outlines what they are looking for in a jockey and the purpose of the training course. 

The idea is to train people for the racing industry.

This episode of 'Ireland's Eye' was broadcast on 15 December 1982.

Ireland's Eye was a Tuesday-to-Friday series with human-interest stories and features from locations throughout Ireland. First broadcast on 7 October 1980, the programme ran until August 1983.