Jennifer Higham worked at Hereford Cathedral junior school for more than 40 years, starting as an assistant then returning after teacher training. One devoted pupil when she was a student teacher in the 60s was Peter Scudamore, one of the greatest jockeys of all time.
So when the school's racehorse-owning syndicate (well, this is Herefordshire) was seeking a name for a new horse stabled at the Scudamore yard, "Mrs Higham" was the obvious choice. She did well on her first outing, coming fifth in a 15-horse race at Uttoxeter, on New Year's Eve.
And the cry, "Mrs Higham is coming up on the outside," gave pleasure all round.