A thanksgiving service for the life of riding instructor Lorna Payne will be held in Lambourn today.

Lorna – whose former pupils include Daisy Berkeley, Henrietta Knight and jockeys Michael and Richard Hills – died on 15 January, aged 93.

“Lorna was strict but patient and made riding fun,” Henrietta recalled.

“I was lucky enough to have had lessons from her as a child and rode several of her show ponies, even winning a class for her at the Bath and West in the 1950s.”

The service, at Church of the Sacred Heart, Lambourn, is being held today, 25 February at noon.

This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (23 February 2012)