Yasmine rideson to success

Yasmine Russo (nine) from Moss with her horse Bay Reiner.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Yasmine Russo (nine) from Moss with her horse Bay Reiner. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

A horse-loving Doncaster girl has ridden her way to success in the world of reining.

Yasmine Russo, of Pinfold Lane, Moss, is the youngest person ever to win the under 13 Youth Award at the British Championship Show, and has been awarded the International Rookie Youth Award.

The nine-year-old has been riding since she was two. Mum Dee, 29, a keen rider, said: “Reining is quite new, it’s a difficult discipline, high speed dressage. You have to have a bond between you and the horse, everything should be minimal. It’s very technical.”

Yasmine rides every day on three or four different horses, training under American Dusty Kerby.

Dee added: “She has competed all around the UK and has been training in Europe. Hopefully she will be going to America at the end of this year or next.

“She was the youngest to win this award, there are no children competing at her age. Despite huge pressure she has had some amazing runs this year and has worked incredibly hard for someone so young.”

However, a love of horses does not run entirley in the family as Jasmine’s dad John, 36, is allergic to horses.