Competition ‘keeps Jade’s memory alive’

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The memory of a Wyberton horse rider who died aged 19 has again been honoured with the holding of a showjumping competition in her name.

The sixth Jade Wilson-Ayres Memorial Trophy was recently held across two days in Grantham as part of the Arena UK Major Showjumping Championships.

The competition was set up by the family of Jade Wilson-Ayres, from Wyberton, after her death in 2010.

Jade died while undergoing surgery following a horse riding accident nine months earlier.

The trophy given in her memory was bought with donations from her funeral.

This year’s competition attracted about 300 entries from across the country.

Jade’s father Robin Ayres, 69, from Wyberton, said he was pleased to see the event continuing to attract such support.

He said: “It does keep Jade’s memory alive.”

Jade’s horse, Wendy III, was among the horses taking part in the event.

It was ridden by Jade’s friend Stacey Nichols, 25, from Wisbech, and finished sixth in the qualifying round and 10th in the final.

The winner was Kent-rider Victoria Cooper on Mieke II.