The South African Jockey Academy (SAJA) is the only institution in South Africa that offers an apprentice programme for youngsters keen on becoming professional jockeys. Well known and highly acclaimed worldwide this sports academy is situated in Summerveld, a typical horse country outside of Durban , and boasts a rich history.
Established in 1958 the academy has grown from strength to strength in producing leading jockeys, many of whom have gone on to receive top honours internationally.
The South African Jockey Academy has satellite campuses in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth . There is also an academy based in Gauteng that is funded and administered by The Racing Trust. Apprentices begin their initial training in Durban and are fed through to the three training centres once they start riding in races.
Many international racing clubs look to SAJA for training of their apprentices as our quality of training is rated as one of the best in the world.