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In Memory of Jane Goldsmith 1941 – 2012

last updated on June 06, 2012 13:54

In Memory of Jane Goldsmith 1941 – 2012

Following a long illness, Jane Goldsmith sadly passed away on Saturday 2 June.

Jane was a leading figure in the dressage world, a pioneer of Para dressage in our country and one of the most respected individuals on the international dressage scene.

Jane’s life was one dedicated to equestrianism. Prior to her involvement in officiating and coaching, Jane rose from the position of trainee groom to enjoy a successful professional career in showjumping, eventing and latterly dressage. This was followed by a spell as a BHS examiner, training and assessing candidates up to FBHS level.

Her contribution to Para Dressage was such that she was pivotal in shaping the development and success of the sport over the years. Jane was a member of the FEI Para-Equestrian Committee and had previously been a voluntary member of the British Dressage Board. In 2009, she became one of only a handful of Olympic five-star judges, having been a technical official at the World Championships and Paralympic Games previously.

Prior to her involvement in officiating, Jane was the British Team Coach from 1995 – 2005 for the World Championships and also during two Paralympic Games, during which time the team won gold, and have remained unbeaten since.

Jane invested much of her time in developing, supporting and training riders and officials in the sport. Following her term as Team Coach, she set up the Para Dressage Training Trust which has subsequently made great strides in supporting and guiding upcoming riders and assisting in sourcing horses for many of our top riders. The organisation has had an instrumental role in the success of British Para dressage and will go on to provide a lasting legacy of Jane’s tireless work for the sport.

Jane was widely respected not only in dressage but also throughout the equestrian world and was regarded as an expert in many areas. In 2011, her dedication was recognised when she was awarded the prestigious BHS Queen’s Award for her services to equestrianism.

The equestrian world has been deeply saddened by Jane’s death. Trond Asmyr, FEI Director of Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage said “We are all devastated to lose Jane. She had an incredible depth of knowledge that covered so many facets of equestrian sport. I was always impressed with the way she managed to stay creative and motivate the whole para world even after so many years. She had this special gift of never running out of new ideas. We will do our best to develop the sport in a way that she would have been proud of if she were still among us.”

Dirk-Michael Mülot, Assistant Coach of the German Para-Equestrian Dressage Team added “We have lost an outstanding personality of international Para-sport. I have personally learned a lot from Jane and I am very proud to have known her. Jane will always have a place in my heart. My prayers are with all the Para-athletes and Jane’s family.”

BD Chief Executive Amanda Bond also paid tribute: "Jane's contribution to our sport, both here in Great Britain and throughout the world has been phenomenal. As one of the pioneers of Para Dressage sport, we owe her a huge debt of gratitude for her dedication. She will be fondly remembered by so many for her wisdom, her generosity and her strength of character. We have lost a great coach and a dear friend. Our prayers are with John and her family." 

All at British Dressage offer their sincere condolences to Jane’s husband John and sons Martin and Paul. The funeral will be held at Gaydon Parish Church on Monday 11 June at 11am.  The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Para Dressage Training Trust, c/o R. Locke and Son, Kineton, Warwickshire. Tel: 01926 640386