The Jockeys Association of India was formed during the year 1971 which duly registered under Mysore Societies registration Act 1960 Sl.No. 138/71-72..
The main intention to form this Association was to better the lot of the Jockeys in what essentially a feudal setup. For decades the turf clubs own their own did not bother to look into the problems that confronted the jockeys. Holding licenses from the Club themselves, the Professionals were afraid of forcing the issues related to the jockeys as the authorities wielded unlimited powers that could be used to silent any dissent.
The first general meeting of the Jockeys Association of India was held on 20th July 1972 chaired by the founder president Late Mr. M A Chidambaram. Initially there were 104 members in the Association. Syces had a union, Trainers had an Association but jockeys were denied that luxury. There were main discriminatory practices adopted by the Turf Clubs in the country.