Definition of stable lad in English:

stable lad

noun

British
  • A person employed in a stable.

    • ‘Dessie was joined at the launch by retired jockey Brian Connorton, who used to travel in railway horseboxes during his time as a stable lad.’
    • ‘Pitman, a member of the BBC Television racing team, joined Winter as a stable lad in 1964.’
    • ‘Born in the village of Horse And Jockey, County Tipperary, he started his racing career as a stable lad.’
    • ‘They left the horses in the care of a runny-nosed stable lad and made their way through the falling dusk to the hostel.’
    • ‘In England aspiring trainers are thought to need a lot of money behind them, whereas many in Ireland get their grounding by working as stable lads, riding as amateurs and then chancing their arm with a handful of horses.’
    • ‘Born in 1935, in the village of Horse And Jockey, in County Tipperary, Ireland, James Gerard FitzGerald started his career in racing at the very bottom, working as a stable lad.’
    • ‘I was lucky enough to lead up a Derby winner when I was a stable lad and now I have trained a winner of the Coronation Cup and the Oaks.’
    • ‘The stable lads and lasses had been up since dawn expertly grooming and preening their charges.’
    • ‘It chronicles the sometimes hilarious stories of the people involved in racing's rich tapestry from owners, to trainers, to jockeys, to work riders, to stable lads, to bookies, to punters - all of whom have an important role to play.’
    • ‘The stable lads ask who you are and ask you to wait, generally in the tack-room.’
    • ‘The introduction of regional racing might help the stable lads and lasses since it will presumably cut travelling time for most yards, but an extra 300 meetings will be murder for betting shop staff.’
    • ‘I found myself employed as a stable lad in the wealthy household of the Lord of Flemming.’
    • ‘‘It will be a good thing,’ said Niven, ‘but I hope it does not become like those schools which just turn out stable lads rather than jockeys.’’
    • ‘David Easterby, assistant trainer at the stables, said Mr Greally had been given the opportunity to be a jockey after making his mark as a stable lad.’
    • ‘The injury put paid to his career as a jockey, but the life of a stable lad and work rider beckoned.’
    • ‘I have often objected to the terms stable lads and lasses, which smack of a servile past rather than a modern and professional approach.’
    • ‘At Fitz's I worked as a stable lad, although I still wanted to be a jockey.’
    • ‘I spent a lot of time at his yard and three days after leaving school I started working for him as a stable lad.’
    • ‘The stable lads subsidise racing by working for a wage appreciably less than they could earn selling brushes or being a manicurist or driving a taxi.’
    • ‘We judged the best turned out horse to be Hunter's Valley and gave a donation to her stable lad.’