Dick Fear, 50
Head outrider at Dubai Racing Club, Meydan, talks horses and courses
What is an outrider?
Essentially a safety officer for horses and riders. We have three tracks at Meydan and we must make sure there is order on them since we can have up to 50 horses on a track at once in the mornings.
How did you get into this?
I wanted to join the army, but my dad just laughed and said, “You’re only five foot three and 38kg. Why don’t you become a jockey?” So I was sent to a big stable in Cheltenham in the UK and worked with David Nicholson, a champion at the time, and the rest is history.
What skills do you need to be a good outrider?
Horsemanship and concentration. From the moment the horse and rider come onto the track until the time they leave, we must be focused on their safety.
What advice would you offer to someone who wants to become an outrider?
Get ready to wake up at 3am every day and be prepared to consider the saddle your office chair.