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Jenny is star turn at palace
11:00am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A TEENAGER steered her way to victory during a national carriage driving competition held at Buckingham Palace.
Jenny Newman, from Old Malvern Road, Powick, had received no professional training when she scooped the Brian Sims Junior Scholarship at The Royal Mews together with a £500 voucher.
The 15-year-old, who has dyslexia, won a place at the competition with her friend Eve Dyer, after the pair were taught to carriage drive by Jo Pitts in return for helping with her horses.
Miss Newman now plans to use the money to pay for her carriage driving road safety test and hopes to ride in the prestigious national competitions, held in Windsor.
The Dyson Perrins student, who hopes to become a farrier, said: “It was really exciting to visit The Royal Mews.
“We got to have a go at driving the ponies which was really nice.
“I really enjoy carriage driving and it helps with school and my dyslexia because I find it really relaxing, so I don’t get stressed out as much.”
Despite not coming from a horse-riding background, Miss Newell’s mum, Elaine, would take her to visit Mrs Pitts’ horses and they struck up a friendship.
A couple of years ago, she asked if Jenny would like to help her with her carriage driving and the horses.
Mrs Newell said: “We are very proud of Jenny. Her dad shed a tear when she won – he was just so proud, especially as the other girls who qualified were trained by British Driving Society (BDS) instructors.
“Then there was Jenny and Eve, who were both taught by a lady from the field down the road. It’s wonderful.”
Eve’s mum Jo Dyer thanked Mrs Pitts for the hours of training which she has dedicated to the girls.
“They wouldn’t have been able to achieve their success without her tireless support and encouragement,” she said.
During the competition, candidates were tested on their knowledge of stable management, as well as parts of the harness and were asked to re-assemble a set of single harness.
They also had to drive a simulated road test using hand signals and also take a novice dressage test.
Mrs Pitts, from Lower Wick, said she was proud of both Jenny and Eve.
She said: “They have both got there by hard work.”
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