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Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding has expressed regret at the passing of Jamaica’s first lady of horseracing, Mrs Laura Eileen Cliggott, who died on (October 15) at the age of 90, following a long illness.
“Jamaica’s racing industry has lost a true pioneer who dedicated over 40-years to the horseracing industry. Apart from her outstanding success as a horse trainer, Mrs Cliggott was a mentor to many young trainers, jockeys and grooms. She is regarded as the First Lady of horseracing because in the early years, she was the only woman in a male-dominated sport and she proved that she was as good as the rest and one of the best”, the Prime Minister said.
In reflecting on Mrs Cliggott’s many achievements, Prime Minister Golding said one of her very outstanding moments was on January 25th, 1992 when she saddled the first winner at an official race meet to be ridden by a female jockey.
The Prime Minister noted that Mrs Cliggott died on the same day (National Heroes Day, October 15) that Jamaicans who had given outstanding service were honoured with National Awards. He noted that ironically, Mrs Cliggott had never been the recipient of a National Award but he said the government would be correcting this by honouring her posthumously.
Prime Minister Golding has expressed condolences to Mrs Cliggott’s family, many friends and Associates.
Mrs Cliggott’s association with the horseracing industry dates back to her years in the UK before she migrated to Jamaica in 1958. She was a breeder and trainer of race horses and has trained famous horses such as ‘Rumpelstelskin’ and ‘Persian Coin’.