Riding mentor saddles award for best coach

Angela Weiss
Angela Weiss

A HORSE-riding coach, based in Papplewick, who has forged a reputation for moulding some of the best disabled equestrian stars in the world has picked up a top prize.

Angela Weiss (pictured) is well-known as a dressage competitor in her own right and has won titles in national and international events over a career spanning 25 years.

She first came to prominence in 1986 after winning the Search For A Star competition run by ‘Horse And Hound’ magazine.

But she is now renowned as a mentor to disabled riders and has been crowned performance coach of the year at the 20th annual Nottinghamshire Sports Awards, run by Notts County Council.

The 43-year-old, who started riding at the age of seven, runs the Papplewick Equestrian Centre on the A60 Mansfield Road at premises originally bought by her parents more than 30 years ago.

She coached at the Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008 and most notably works with riders Sophie Wells, of Newark, and Emma Sheardown, of Lincolnshire.

Sophie is a world and European champion in para-equestrian dressage and has even been selected to compete for Great Britain in able-bodied contests. She is expected to be a certainty to make the team at the upcoming London 2012 Paralympics. Emma took a gold at the World Equestrian Games in 2010.

There were no other Dispatch district winners at the Sports Awards. Swimmer Rebecca Adlington was named sportsperson of the year, while horse-racing jockey Hayley Turner was given the accolade for outstanding achievement of the year.