Horse Racing Internship Programme in Harare

Very few creatures can run as fast as a thoroughbred. There is an old Arabic saying that says “the winds of heaven are those which blow between a horse’s ears”. This horse racing internship is a rare opportunity for you to experience the adrenaline rush of riding on the back of a race horse.

Work and ride in the heart of Zimbabwe’s horse culture, an Internship programme based at the evergreen grounds of Borrowdale’s Thoroughbred Racetrack, in Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare.

As an Intern, you will gain experience in the daily running and management of a large racing yard under the tutelage of a veteran thoroughbred trainer. Also on site is an equine clinic that caters to the veterinary needs of the horses in training as well as horses from all around the country.

Interns will assist with all aspects of the daily running of the yard as determined by the trainer, from exercising the horses on the track in the mornings, walking them out in the afternoons, grooming, veterinary aspects, and even mucking out the stables. Whilst assisting around the yard, interns will also spend time with the trainer of the yard, and can use this time to gain valuable knowledge on the logistics of keeping horses at the peak of their performance.

Should there be any races taking place during your internship, you may be asked to assist with the care of the horses on race day, in addition to being able to attend as a spectator to watch the athletes you care for compete on the track against each other.

The longer you spend on this programme, the more responsibility will be given to you in your daily role. The opportunities to learn and develop your skills as a horseman are abundant. You will be dealing with yearlings fresh from the annual sales, right up to veteran race horses, who have had a few seasons on the track already, and hands-on experience when dealing with sports injuries. This will be an unforgettable experience, dramatically boost your CV, and leave you in good stead in any career or interaction with horses in future.

Highlights

  • Gain hands on experience you wouldn't have access to in other countries
  • Enjoy the unparalleled freedom and thrill of riding a top racehorse
  • Work alongside a seasoned racing veteran
  • Gain an insight into Zimbabwe’s horse industry and life in this wonderful country.

Quick Facts

  • Where Fly in and out of Harare International Airport. Flights must arrive on a Monday
  • Length Minimum of 2 weeks
  • When Open all year round
  • Rates 2 Weeks: US$1299. 3 Weeks: US$1947. 4 Weeks: US$2596. More than 4 weeks please contact for a quote
  • Riding Level This internship programme caters only for competent riders as most horses in training have very high levels of energy and require a knowing hand to control them. You must have had many hours in the saddle, must feel completely comfortable in a gallop as well as on a horse that will not stand still. As this is a racing internship, there has to be a weight limit of 75kgs (165 lbs) for all interns
  • Group Size Maximum of 3 interns at a time

Destination Description

Situated in Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare, the Borrowdale Racetrack is a great base from which to experience what Zimbabwe has to offer.

Excursions to some of Zimbabwe’s most treasured spots can easily be arranged and you will be given plenty of advice on how to do this once you arrive. To name but a few examples:

Victoria Falls

An 11-hour drive from Harare (1-hour flight), this is the adrenaline centre of Zimbabwe, with activities like white water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant riding, the ‘flight of the angels’ over Victoria Falls, and boogie boarding just to name a few. The Falls itself are a sight to behold and a massive attraction for tourists from around the globe.

Matopos

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the world’s largest population of black eagles and leopards. A 7-hour drive away, Matopos is dominated by massive granite rock outcrops, the most famous of which is called ‘World’s View’ where Cecil John Rhodes is buried. It is also very well known for being a black and white rhino sanctuary. You can track the white rhino with a guide and view them from very close quarters.

  • When you work in a racing yard, work starts when the sun rises and goes on like that all week long.

    As an intern, your days off will be organised with the trainer of the yard once you arrive at the project as they work 7 days a week, but a typical week would be 6 days’ work and one day off.
  • Daily activities will vary depending on what is needed at the time. A rough guideline of how your day may go is as follows:
  • 06:00 Track work (exercise the horses on the sand or turf, each horse has a different training regime to work to, this in itself is a WOW experience that you will NEVER forget)
  • 07:00 Wash horses down and feed them
  • 08:00 BREAKFAST
  • 09:00 Start mucking out stables, tack care, vet care, turn horses out, assist trainer with the young stock if there are any in the yard during your stay etc
  • 12:30 LUNCH
  • 14:00 Take the horses out for a walk ride to stretch their legs, feed and groom
  • 17:00 Meeting to discuss following days duties for each intern
  • There is a shopping mall called Sam Levy’s Village roughly 5 minutes’ drive from where you will be working. It has an array of shops for you to browse, restaurants for your culinary enjoyment after work hours and should satisfy all your daily needs.

Dates:
Open all year round.

Rates:

2 weeks: US$1299

3 weeks: US$1947

4 weeks: US$2596

More than 4 weeks please contact for a quote.

Included:

  • Your transfers to and from the airport on arrival and departure
  • All meals and accommodation
  • All riding experiences
  • Expert guidance from a veteran horse trainer
  • Internet (note that Zimbabwean internet is not as fast as in the western world)
  • Transport related to the project
  • Laundry
  • Project support

Not included:

  • Any additional trips you do
  • Any items of a personal nature/ social activities
  • Transport outside of project hours
  • Flights to and from project
  • Travel insurance, which should be as comprehensive as possible and must include emergency repatriation back to your home country
  • Visa costs
  • Food and refreshments not already provided for by the project

You will be staying in a semi-detached part of the trainers house, and will have all your meals provided for by his family.