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Born: 11 June, 1946, one of seven children in a Leicestershire farming family.

Early career: Left school at 15 to work as stable girl for Chris Taylor. Married Richard Pitman and bought a yard at Hinton Parva to train hunter chasers and point-to-pointers. Re-married (to David Stait) in 1997.

First trainers' licence: 1975.

First winner under rules: Bonidon at Southwell on 25 August, 1975.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase winners: Burrough Hill Lad (1984), Garrison Savannah (1991).

King George VI Chase winner: Burrough Hill Lad (1984).

Grand National Handicap Chase winners: Corbiere (1983), Royal Athlete (1995).

Scottish National Handicap Chase winner: Willsford (1995).

Welsh National Handicap Chase winners: Corbiere (1982), Burrough Hill Lad (1983), Stearsby (1986).

Irish Grand National Handicap Chase winner: Mudahim (1997).

Midlands National Handicap Chase winners: Watafella (1977), Willsford (1990).

Other big winners: Bueche Giorod (Massey Ferguson Gold Cup 1980), Gainsay (Ritz Club Chase 1987), Indefence (Supreme Novices' Hurdle 1996), Master Tribe (Ladbroke 1997), Mighty Mogul (Persian War Novices' Hurdle 1992), Mudahim (Racing Post Chase 1997), Nahthen Lad (Sun Alliance Chase 1996), Princeful (Stayers' Hurdle & Long Walk Hurdle 1998).

1998: Awarded OBE for services to racing in the New Year's Honours list.