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Top award for Jane.

Byline: By Neil B Jones

Area 2 side saddle rider Jane Forster from Sedgefield has come out on top in her Association's Annual Adult Overall Performance Awards, beating Southern riders into runner-up places.

The performance competition is run on a league basis with riders accruing points over a year competing in eligible side saddle, showing, working hunter, dressage and show jumping classes against astride riders at shows all over the country.

Jane, 21, a veterinary nurse in Cleveland, earned 4,415 points over 12 months, beating an Area 16 (Devon) rider Michelle Werrett into second place by 15 points. They were well ahead of another Area 16 rider, Sandra Boycott, who had 3,700 points.

Jane will receive her award at the Side Saddle's AGM at Newmarket Racecourse in April.

In 1999 she collected the Junior Overall title and, in 2000, won the Performance Versatility Section.

She won the 2003 honours with Keiman Sabrina, a bay eight-year-old Welsh Cob mare. Jane has also had unrivalled success on a second 15hh 12-year-old TB cross chestnut gelding, Cinderella's Mischief.

Last year's highlights were a win in the BSPS National Horse of the Year Side Saddle Championship at Peterborough, a first in the Annual S/S Show Open Hack class, Equitation class winner at Durham County and BSPS class winner at The Great Yorkshire Show.

Sabrina also swept the S/S class board at Cleveland County. Both horses contributed to Jane also winning the 2003 S/S National Equitation points award.

Other Area 2 S/S members have come out near the top in the Performance league.

Juniors Laura Gray - Hopelaws Woodpecker Too from Brafferton, second Junior Performance; Erica Williams and Brogan from Barnard Castle, fourth in Junior Performance and previous winner; Darlington's Samantha Davies and Vidal were fourth Adult in the Performance Dressage section.

More information on this growing sport is available from Ann Forster on (01740) 620473.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 24, 2004
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