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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.


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