The Irish Jockeys Association (IJA) is the only organisation that represents Professional Jockeys in Ireland and works on their behalf to best represent the interests of Professional Jockeys with the various other bodies within the industry such as the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB), HRI, The Association of Irish Racecourses, Sponsors, The Press and any other organisations that may affect them.
Our Association was founded in 1964 and since that time and particularly in the last 12 years the IJA has greatly improved the working life of professional jockeys through various schemes such as the very successful Jockeys Pension Scheme, Jockeys Accident Fund which provides income continuity while injured, ongoing improvements to facilities provided on racecourses and also negotiates on your behalf with HRI in regard to riding fee increases.
The importance of an industry body to represent professional riders cannot be over emphasised. The IJA provides both a voice for riders and a platform to represent their views in so many aspects of the industry, including their health and safety, welfare and career opportunities. We are all too well aware of the frightening dangers that face every rider in their daily working life. Anything that can be done to reduce those risks by giving the riders a voice determining the direction of racing is all important. The IJA provides such a platform. The role of the Association cannot be underemphasised in providing the protections and support for jockeys throughout their working lives and into retirement.
Within this section you will find comprehensive information on the insurance services available to IJA members including career ending insurance, jockeys accident fund and the the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB)
If you are a jockey who fulfils certain riding criteria, you may be entitled to claim benefits from the Irish Jockeys Pension Trust.