Jane Armstrong Lancaster
Cumbria, North West England
South Lakes Horsemanship
Levey view, Pennington, Cumbria, LA12 7NY
Jane Armstrong-Lancaster was proud to join The International Horse Agility Club in 2020, as an accredited Horse Agility Trainer in South Lakes, Cumbria (North West England)
Jane’s passion for horses started as a very young child from growing up on a remote farm in the Lake District countryside, where she would spend many a long day exploring the fells alone on her pony. Her father often brought home challenging horses, which developed Jane’s understanding of horse behaviours and how they were often the result of their treatment from humans, which in turn inspired her to work with them from this young age.
As a young adult, Jane expanded her knowledge by working in a Trekking Centre and followed this up with 6 years in a Racing Yard where she was responsible for backing youngsters, foaling duty and supporting rehabilitation works. In 2005, Jane joined the exciting world of Trec and competed with an American Saddlebred Stallion, Even Worse. Jane won the English Level 3 Pairs Championship as well as the ‘Albro Lucky Jim’ Trophy for having the highest PTV (obstacle) score across all levels in 2011 at the British Championships. Jane spent two weeks in Montana working on a Cattle Ranch where she discovered a love for Western riding, which is still a big part of her daily life now. After travelling to Texas to watch Buck Brannanman at the ‘Legacy of Legends’, in 2017 Jane was selected as one of the lucky riders to participate in a very rare training clinic in Aintree with her homebred and newly backed American Saddlebred X ‘Even Glory’. Eager to explore many of other the diverse disciplines of the equine world, Jane has competed in Western Showing Classes, Barrel Racing, Cow Cutting and Endurance riding all over the country.
Jane and her husband have rescued a number of horses who live with them, and who have become a big part of the family alongside their liver spotted Dalmatian Poppy and chickens. One year, Jane brought home an unwanted Mule, as its birth has not been planned by its owners. It quickly revealed its incredible potential by jumping at height out of the stable which was an impressive achievement! After two years of training, Honey, the 13.2hh wonder mule was bought by her loving owner Sarah who now participates with her in Trec, sponsored rides and cross country training!
Jane now runs two successful Equine businesses in Pennington, Cumbria. ‘South Lakes Horsemanship’ enables Jane to teach 1-1 lessons in either English or Western riding and driving, as well as training horses and their owners to overcome any difficulties that they might be struggling with, including backing, loading, barging, young horse development, etc. The other business, ‘Unicorns at South Lakes Horsemanship’ specialises in Equine Therapy and supports children and young people with a variety of emotional and behavioural difficulties to find a place of calm, where they can develop at their own pace in a safe and controlled environment. Jane’s client base ranges from riders as young as three years old to as young at heart as 80 years old. As well as the businesses, Jane actively organises and participates in equine events, such as Fun Rides over the local fells, forests and beaches, children’s seasonal equine activity days and Trec Training workshops. In her spare time, she participates in the annual ‘Your Horse Hack 1,000 miles’ challenge with her horses ‘Even Glory’ and ‘Light-Hearted Whizz’.