Jockey Jan

Jan Wilson Memorial Award Celebrates Rider’s 20th Birthday on Saturday 1st of May 2010

Pony Racing AuthorityThe Jan Wilson Memorial Award is launched today by The Pony Racing Authority to coincide with what would have been Jan’s 20th birthday on 1st May.  The Award, in memory of the young jockey tragically killed with Jamie Kyne in a fire last September, celebrates the life of Jan and her passion for racing, and will give one young rider aged 14-15 years the opportunity to develop their career in the saddle, something which Jan had successfully done before her untimely death.

The points based Award, funded by the Jockey Jan Memorial Fund, is for riders participating in Northern and Scottish based fixtures of the 2010 Charles Owen Pony Racing Series.  The new Award will encourage riders to compete more often on the Northern circuit, which is where Jan enjoyed her career, and will help prepare them for a career in racing.    

The Rider accumulating the most points and winning the inaugural Jan Wilson Memorial Award will receive a perpetual trophy, personalised racing breeches, boots and saddle supplied by Gibsons Saddlers and P H Kinglsey Ltd, both companies that supported Jan when she was a jockey.  Media training will also be offered together with a placement at a Trainer’s yard of choice and personal tuition at the Northern Racing College, where Jan herself benefited from equicisor training.

Margaret Wilson, Jan’s Mother, says: “Jan would have been 20 years old this Saturday and this new Pony Racing Award in memory of Jan is a positive way to mark the occasion.  Jan loved racing and I am delighted to offer our support to young riders like Jan starting out on their careers.  If you want good jockeys we have to help them on the road.  It was important to me that the Award is something Jan would have wanted to win herself and I am sure she will be watching down on these young riders following their dream like Jan did.  This is for Jan.”

Rebecca Morgan, Chief Executive of The Pony Racing Authority, comments: “The PRA Board is proud and honoured to introduce the Jan Wilson Memorial Award, at a particularly poignant time for Jan’s family and friends.  Her untimely death was a tragedy felt by all in racing and I hope Pony Racing can do her memory proud in offering this new Award in her name.  The Award is specifically aimed at encouraging young riders based in the north, and to reward those aged 14 and 15 years who we feel will benefit most from the prize on offer.  I have worked closely with Margaret Wilson, who has acted with dignity and determination to introduce this Award in memory of her young daughter, to create a fitting and meaningful Award for Jan.”

Jan InterviewThe memorial fund set up by Jan’s parents has joined the Pony Racing Authority (PRA) to establish an award for teenagers who share the apprentice’s dream of a career in the saddle.

As a harrowing narrative emerged at Leeds Crown Court in the case over the deaths of Jan and fellow jockey Jamie Kyne in a North Yorkshire flat fire last September, her parents said yesterday they were proud to announce an award celebrating their daughter’s memory which would hopefully motivate other youngsters to fulfil their dreams.

The idea for a Pony Racing Award was suggested to Margaret Wilson by Christine Barron from Maunby House, Thirsk.  Jan Wilson used to have a lunch time job from the Boss to help out their neighbour’s children, Philippa and William Hill, with their ponies.  Jan’s advice and encouragement with the young riders helped them achieve success in the saddle both Eventing and Pony Racing and it was felt an Award in Jan’s memory for Pony Racing would be both relevant and fitting to Jan given her interest in helping other young riders develop and improve.



The Jan Wilson Memorial Award will be contested by 14- and 15-year-old riders in Northern and Scottish fixtures of the Charles Owen Pony Racing Series.

It aims to encourage riders to compete more often on the Northern circuit, where Jan enjoyed racing.
The rider with the most points—winning the inaugural award—will receive a perpetual trophy and personalised racing breeches, boots and saddle from Gibsons Saddlers and P.H. Kingsley Ltd, both of whom supported the teenager.
The package also includes media training, a placement at a trainer’s yard of choice and tuition at the Northern Racing College, where Jan received equicisor training.

Her mother, Margaret, said yesterday, “Jan would have been 20 years old this Saturday and this new Pony Racing award in her memory is a positive way to mark the occasion.

“Jan loved racing and I am delighted to offer our support to young riders like Jan, starting out on their careers.”

She added, “It was important to me that the award is something Jan would have wanted to win herself and I am sure she will be watching down on these young riders following their dream like Jan did.

“This is for Jan.”
Jan Winning at Ayr
PRA chief executive Rebecca Morgan said, “The PRA board is proud and honoured to introduce the Jan Wilson Memorial Award, at a particularly poignant time for Jan’s family and friends.”

The Jockey Jan Memorial Fund has raised over £10,000 and supports projects including clubs which the former Forfar Academy pupil was involved in.

Please see and in particular where you will note the Award is now fully on our website.  I will update the scores after each fixture.

Jockey Jan and the Patchwork Cottage Girls

Today I visited the Patchwork Cottage Girls at Plovermuir By Kirriemuir organised by Mrs Lorna Johnston they asked if they could make a quilt in memory of Jan and support the J J M F, I thought it was a lovely idea and so thoughtful and as you can see beautiful. Now its what to do with it other quilts are raffled or auctioned of for charity, I myself would like it hung some place where people can see it and remember Jan and Jamie two young kids that were taken from us so tragically, maybe someone could make a donation to the fund and donate it to a race course or the North Oaksey House when it gets built. I’m up for suggestions.







In June 2015 when we were down at the opening of The Jack Berry House by HRH Princess Anne.  I left the lovely Quilt that the Patchwork cottage girls so kindly made for the JJM Fund back in 2010. At the time it was our thoughts for it to be hung up at a place like the now named Jack Berry House. At the end of August 2015, I received a letter from Jack Berry he said “ the lovely bed spread that was given to the J B House was sold at auction at Jack & Jo Berry’s Injured Jockey Fund party Fish and Chip Lunch, you will be pleased to know it was bought by Trainer John Wade for £380". All funds going to the I J F. Many thanks to Mr Wade and the ladies at Patchwork Cottage.




Pickard chosen for first Kyne Wilson Scholarship
Sally and PaulPAUL PICKARD has been chosen as the first beneficiary of the new scholarship created by Beverley racecourse in memory of Jamie Kyne and Jan Wilson, who died in the Malton fire in September. Paul Pickard: "it is a great honour" Pickard, 22, who is based with trainer Paul Midgeley, will receive a package in 2010 worth in the region of £4,000 aimed at assisting with fitness, improving confidence, raising his profile in the sport, and helping source on-going sponsorship.From January he will be sponsored by Beverley, and wear its branded logos on his riding gear, while the track is also organising a new website for him. Pickard, who finished fifth in this year's apprentice jockeys' championship with 30 winners, said: "It is a great honour to be the first recipient of the Kyne Wilson Scholarship. "Jamie was a great friend, and I rode against Jan several times, and both are sadly missed in the weighing room. I intend to do the pair of them proud and am looking forward to my association with Beverley racecourse."
Beverley Racecourse establishes Kyne Wilson Scholarship
Jamie and JanA YORKSHIRE-based apprentice rider will be the beneficiary of a new scholarship set up to remember the two jockeys who tragically died in the Malton flats fire.

Beverley Racecourse has established the Kyne Wilson Scholarship, which will give the chosen rider a £4,000 boost for the whole of the 2010 season.

The package will help the jockey with fitness, correct riding attire, raising their profile within the sport, improving confidence and helping to source on-course sponsorship.

Beverley launched the scheme as a memorial to talented apprentices Jamie Kyne and Jan Wilson, who lost their lives in a Jamie and Janfire in Buckrose Court on September 5.

The scholarship has the blessing of both Jamie and Jan’s parents and the jockey who benefits will be helped in a number of ways.

Personal fitness trainer Sarah O’Meara, wife of former jump jockey David O’Meara, understands the lifestyle of a jockey and how to maximise fitness levels, Malton’s White Rose Saddlery will provide the equipment and Beverley Racecourse will sponsor each jockey for one year – with racecourse branding being displayed on riding and other equipment.

There will also be access to a sports psychologist, while the racecourse will use their expertise to enable the jockey to find on-going sponsorship once the period of the scholarship ceases.

Sally Iggulden, Beverley Racecourse manager, said: “Staff at the racecourse, and regular racegoers to Beverley, were shocked and saddened by the tragic events that took Jan and Jamie back in September.

“We wanted to do something to celebrate their lives and it was felt that a scholarship which provided support and guidance to young jockeys would be a fitting tribute to them both.

“We are delighted that both families thought this was a good idea, and the scholarship would be a wonderful way of remembering two young riders who many believe would have gone on to make their mark in the sport of racing.

“Jamie was a regular rider at Beverley, achieving his first double here and, indeed, his last winner on Duchess Dora. Jan rode her first placed horse here, when partnering Bed Fellow to fourth place as an amateur rider in September 2008.” [Sally and Paul]

Sally Iggulden continued: “The selection of an apprentice jockey is already underway and it is hoped that the first recipient of the Kyne Wilson Scholarship will be announced in early December.

“The selection process hopes to identify a keen apprentice, who has already shown a level of dedication to the sport, to whom the advantages of the scheme will be readily used to help progress their career.

“We here at Beverley are very excited about the scholarship and hope that the initial winner of this award will see a huge benefit from the extra resources that will be available to them.”
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