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Jane Goldsmith FBHS passes away

6 June 2012

The British Horse Society was sorry to learn of the death of Jane Goldsmith FBHS on Friday 1 June after a long illness.


Having enjoyed a first, very successful, career as a competitor in showjumping, eventing and dressage, Jane earned no less distinction in her second career as a trainer in all disciplines.

At one time a chief examiner for the BHS, Jane trained many students for all exams up to Fellowship standard. At other times, she chaired the BHS Training and Education committee, was a member of the first Board of Trustees when the Society was restructured in 1997 and also served on the BD Board, first as a Director of BYRDS and later as Para Dressage Director.

Until recently, Jane was leading a project to put in place a centralised structure for all those groups using horses to help service personnel with their rehabilitation.

But it was perhaps her work in the development of para dressage that really set Jane apart, not least as coach to so many of our Paralympic riders. Long-time friend and colleague Tessa Martin-Bird FBHS spoke particularly of Jane’s approachability and her willingness to take on board the views of others.

Summing up a long and distinguished career, Tessa said: “Jane’s inclusion in the list of winners of the coveted BHS Queen’s Award for Equestrianism represents a far more eloquent tribute than any I could pay.”


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