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Lisa Edwards Obituary by Maureen Lloyd

Photo: Lisa Edwards winning with Jack Daniels in 2005

Wales & Border Counties Harness Racing last week lost one of its younger members with the early passing away of Lisa Edwards from Foesidoes, Cascob near Presteigne. Lisa Price began racing in 1999 purchasing the experienced Jack Daniels and the youngster Cashpoint. She married Richard Edwards and moved to Cascob, and they became a formidable team with interests in Welsh Black cattle, Beulah Speckled Face sheep, Welsh Cobs and other horses along with her racing interests.

She enjoyed her racing, always turning the horses out to perfection and training them with an aim in view. Although she had several different drivers she was not afraid to take up the reins herself and they were always respected by their rivals. Lisa had a ‘soft spot’ for her local meeting of Presteigne and always wanted the day to go well and her horses to ‘shine’.

Their son Morgan was born in 2004 but even that year her horses did her proud, with several wins to their credit. Lisa was secretary of the Almeley and Merthyr Trotting club and she approached that in the same way as everything else, putting heart and soul into raising sponsorship to make sure the raceday was a success. The last year she competed was in 2005 when she drove Jack Daniels to win a heat at Presteigne and won a Grade A race at the prestigious Ludlow meeting with her beloved Cashpoint. Lisa decided to concentrate on some of her other interests and put racing on hold, never of course lessening her work-load, but she still attended some meetings and always aimed for a come-back some day.

The funeral at Byton last Friday was an emotional time for everyone she was part of a close knit community, members are like family and losing one so young is tragic. However surely there is comfort to be drawn from the huge attendance at that little church on the hill, with Cashpoint watching as Lisa took her final ride in a hearse drawn by two magnificent black horses to that beautiful spot in the Radnorshire countryside. Her family and friends are left to grieve for someone who would work without stop for a project, would tell it as it was, but mostly just got on with it.

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