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Apprentice jockeys
« on: Sunday 23 January 22 17:37 GMT (UK) »
Does anyone know at what age a boy could become a stable lad, apprentice jockey?

There is a possibility my relative was one in the 1920s.


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Re: Apprentice jockeys
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 23 January 22 17:41 GMT (UK) »
Possible - school-leaving age in 1920s is 14.
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« Reply #2 on: Sunday 23 January 22 17:50 GMT (UK) »
A bit later than your search - I grew up in Cheshire where there were a number of racing stables in the area - 1950's.  Many of the "lads" were teenagers.

Transcriptions and NBI are merely finding aids.  They are NOT a substitute for original record entries.
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Re: Apprentice jockeys
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 23 January 22 18:09 GMT (UK) »
Thank you BumbleB.

It has always been said in the family that my relative was a jockey. Having found him aged 12 on the 1921 census living on the south coast while the rest of the family were at home in London, I wondered if he was already in training.

Unfortunately the 1939 Register has him as a general builder’s labourer.



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Re: Apprentice jockeys
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 23 January 22 18:34 GMT (UK) »
Weekly Dispatch (London), 4 Mar 1928

The caption under a jockey and horse, jumping what looks like a 5 bar gate, reads -
"John Sylvester, a 12 years old apprentice jockey, in training at Ludlow, Shropshire"

My wife's grandfather was a jockey and I found plenty of mentions on checking the racing results in old newspapers - he had a reasonably unusual surname.
S. Wales, Somerset, Devon - Oxenham

Aberavon - Hopkin/s, Jenkins, Thomas
St. Brides/Wick - Jenkins
Llanblethian -  Price
Abergwynfi -  Han(d)ford
Pontardawe -  Lewis.

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Re: Apprentice jockeys
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 23 January 22 18:42 GMT (UK) »
Thank you for that, sounds promising.


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Re: Apprentice jockeys
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 23 January 22 18:52 GMT (UK) »
In the 1901 census My GG uncle was listed as Stableman/Groom at the stables of Tom Coulthwaite (trainer of racehorses including Grand National and Cheltenham Festival winners).  I found newspaper articles listing Jockey's Licences which included my GG uncle between 1899-1908.  He was age 21 in the 1901 census, so older than the relative you are researching. 

I just thought I would mention this as it may be worth you looking in the newspapers for your relative listed in Jockey's Licences.  I can't help at the moment as my FindMyPast sub has recently expired.
Robbins - Wolverhampton.
Spooner - Monmouthshire & Wolverhampton.
Warner & Loundes - Dudley/West Bromwich.
Dod(g)son - Heysham/Liverpool/Wolverhampton

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Re: Apprentice jockeys
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 23 January 22 19:06 GMT (UK) »
II just thought I would mention this as it may be worth you looking in the newspapers for your relative listed in Jockey's Licences. 
Thanks - I'd forgotten his listings in the National Hunt Rules licences.
S. Wales, Somerset, Devon - Oxenham

Aberavon - Hopkin/s, Jenkins, Thomas
St. Brides/Wick - Jenkins
Llanblethian -  Price
Abergwynfi -  Han(d)ford
Pontardawe -  Lewis.

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Re: Apprentice jockeys
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 23 January 22 19:21 GMT (UK) »
My wife's grandfather was a jockey and I found plenty of mentions on checking the racing results in old newspapers - he had a reasonably unusual surname.

A reasonably unusual surname helped with my searches too.
Robbins - Wolverhampton.
Spooner - Monmouthshire & Wolverhampton.
Warner & Loundes - Dudley/West Bromwich.
Dod(g)son - Heysham/Liverpool/Wolverhampton