What Is the Average Height and Weight for Jockeys?

What Is the Average Height and Weight for Jockeys?

What Is the Average Height and Weight for Jockeys?

The average weight of a horse jockey is between 108 and 118 pounds, though in the United States, the minimum riding weight in competition is 116 pounds. Jockeys average between 4 feet 10 inches and 5 feet 6 inches, though there is no height requirement.

One of horse racing's most well-known jockeys, Bill Shoemaker, weighed 105 pounds and stood 4 feet 11 inches tall. The sport's tallest jockey as of 2014, Louis Moeller from Denmark, stands 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 112 pounds.

Each race and each track sets its own weight requirements, though horses typically carry between 112 and 126 pounds, which includes the jockey, his clothing and several pounds of gear.