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Life lessons: Showing supremo Jayne Ross *H&H Plus*

The showing supremo on sitting quietly and checking your horse’s mood, her sporting bloodlines, Frankie Dettori’s style and why jacket colour is key

Jayne is one of the greatest show horse producers of all time. She won her first championship at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) in 1966 with the show pony Cusop Pirouette and has since won the HOYS supreme accolade seven times, most recently in 2019 with the heavyweight hunter Twinshock Warrior.

I wish I’d known when I was 16 that I’d still be doing this job at 63. I’ve been showing for a long, long time but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I do sometimes wonder how I still manage the early mornings, the late drives home and the quick turnarounds. If you’d have told me back then that this would be my life now, I wouldn’t have believed you, but it does just go to show what a wonderful time I’ve had.

Both my parents were top sports people in their own right; my mum was an Olympic ice skater and my dad a twice world speedway champion. They always told me that they didn’t care what I did with my life, but I was to put everything I had into it. I was born with their competitive nature, which has stood me in good stead. My mum was a northerner and she always said that “you don’t get owt for nowt in this life”.