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  • Writer's pictureLucy Atherton

MBE for GB Coach

Dorset based horse trainer and Olympic coach Jabeena Maslin was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her service to modern pentathlon, in the New Years Honours List 2022. Jabeena is the coach of the Olympic Pentathlon Equestrian Team and helped Team GB win an unprecedented double gold at the Tokyo Games in 2021.

Jabeena at home in Dorset

​In her youth Jabeena competed in every major showjumping competition including Royal Windsor Show, meeting the Queen aged five. She represented Great Britain on junior and young rider teams. The British pentathlon team first came calling in 1974 under Capt Jim Fox, one of the founding fathers of the sport here and a part of the three man team which won gold at Montreal in 1976.

Jabeena was delighted to have been made MBE as she ‘could not believe’ the news once she found out she was included on the prestigious list for 2022. She said: “It’s fantastic, absolutely great news. I don’t know who put me forward. It was a surprise to find out I’d been included, I did get given a hint I could be included but I pushed that to the back of my mind.

“It’s all very exciting. I know it’s for my work with the pentathlon which I have been working on for many years now.” Jabeena added her thanks to those who she worked with and to those who nominated her.

Queen Elizabeth II presents an award to Jabeena Maslin in 1955 CREDIT: PA/PA Archive

Jabeena has coached every GB Modern Pentathlon team since the Seoul Olympics in 1988, bringing home countless medals for her country. Her professional yard in west Dorset specialises in horse and rider training, also providing the horses to train with and use at events all around Britain. They take on horses of all levels whether it be for backing, schooling or competing. Between Jabeena and Head Coach Alex Valentine, they also provide training for all standards of rider including giving lessons and boot camps on our their schoolmasters. Alex is also able to travel to give lessons and clinics and help riders at competitions.

Jabeena Maslin's team trains a combination of competition horses (both her own and those belonging to clients), liveries (hunters, breakers, schooling, competition etc) and schoolmasters. They back and produce show jumpers right through the grades. Currently winning at county level and internationally, with some exciting young horses coming through and being aimed at national finals. They also take horses for schooling (difficult ones a speciality) and competition livery. They have a selection of all types of horses for sale and can provide training for all abilities, whether on your own horse or on one of our school masters.


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