Tribute once again paid to Jade’s memory

Steph Gunn, with Wendy III, holding her seventh place rosette in the 2016 Jade Wilson-Ayres Memorial Trophy. EMN-161021-154455001
Steph Gunn, with Wendy III, holding her seventh place rosette in the 2016 Jade Wilson-Ayres Memorial Trophy. EMN-161021-154455001

Tribute has once again been paid to Wyberton horse rider Jade Wilson-Ayres through an annual showjumping competition set up in her memory following her death in 2010.

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

Jade died, aged 19, while undergoing surgery following a horse riding accident nine months earlier.

Her family went on to set up an annual showjumping competition in her name, using donations at her funeral to buy the winner’s trophy.

This year, out of more than 250 entrants, Harrison Shaw, 18, from Harrogate, took the top spot.

Jade’s horse, Wendy III, finished seventh, as ridden by friend Steph Gunn, 23, of Grantham.

Jade’s father Robin Ayres, 70, described this year’s event as ‘fast and furious’ and said they were ‘over the moon’ with a seventh place for Jade’s horse.

“I think Jade was looking down on us because Wendy clipped two rails and they both stayed on – one jumped out of the cups and it fell back in,” he said.