Jockey Dean Holland is preparing for a four-month contract to ride in South Korea, but he is certainly not bound by any limitations as he embarks on his first overseas stint in the saddle, reports

The Group 1-winning rider, 27, heard the Korea Racing Authority were looking for international hoops to join their ranks, and he had his application granted for a riding licence in Seoul, where he is set to begin riding in early March.

Among those to have trodden the path to South Korea previously are Noel Callow and Jye McNeil, although neither went for as long as Holland's stint - which he would have no qualms extending if it all goes to plan.

For Holland, racing twice a week is certainly going to be refreshing, having been race riding for 36 of the 46 days so far this year before getting suspended at Ararat on Monday.

"When you live in Victoria, you're at the races every day, so I don't get much time to myself," Holland said.

"Over there, I'm only racing twice a week, so I'll be able to have a good look around as well as work, so it'll be a bit of a working holiday."

The nuances of race riding in South Korea will be new ground for Holland, too.

"From what I read up, it's very different," he added.

"They only race on one track in Seoul, and it’s heavy sand.

"So it's going to be a different surface which I'll have to get used to.

"It looks very much on-pace, and horses don't race tight over there - in Victoria we race tight and try to save ground.

"Over there, they spread out a little bit to get away from the kick-back of the sand.

"That's something I'll have to get used to."

Holland said he has been learning off his peers about life in the saddle in the country, with his ability to ride light a bonus set to help him snare rides.

"I had a chat to Noel as I applied. He said 'go for it'," Holland said.

"The weights over there are very light, and I can ride 50kg if I need to.

"That's another aspect I've got up my sleeve."

Holland has several feature wins on his resume, including last year's Group 2 Adelaide Cup withTanby and tasted Group 1 success in the Australasian Oaks when steering Small Minds to victory in 2010.

He said he will depart Australia confident his career is going in the right direction.

"My manager's done a great job," he said.

"Since coming out of my apprenticeship, I've struggled a little bit but every season since, I've got a little bit better.

"This has probably been one of my better seasons, which is fantastic. It obviously helps winning the Adelaide Cup, that gave me a kick-along.

"Things are going exactly how I want them to."