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Age: 23
Country:  Belgian
Number of rides: 256
Career Wins: 41
Prize money: SEK 1,742,670 (€170,000)
Highlight: Longines World Fegentri Lady Rider Champion 2017
Lowest riding weight: 52 kg

Sara Vermeersch

Sara Vermeersch was the leading female amateur rider in Belgium in both 2016 and 2017. Last year, the represented Belgium in the world championship for amateur riders, Fegentri, and was crowned the 2017 Longines World Fegentri Lady Rider Champion after winning an impressive seven races in the series throughout the year.

At the beginning of 2018, the 23-year-old switched from the amateur to professional ranks and has had a flying start to her professional career with 14 victories since January to add to her 27 wins as an amateur rider.

Vermeersch lives close to the historical city Brugge in Belgium and regularly travels to the racecourses in Belgium as well as to France, Germany and Netherlands. Her partner Kevin Fievez is a trainer with ten horses in the barn, and Vermeersch spends her mornings riding out for him as well as for other trainers in the area.

Sara Vermeersch has ridden in Sweden before and has a 100% strike-rate in the country after two victories in as many attempts. The latest success came at Gärdet in June when she rode What a Wonder to a narrow win in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarek Ladies IFAHR Cup for Arabian horses.

Although she is taking part in the Lady Jockeys’ Thoroughbred World Championship for the first time, Sara Vermeersch has already enjoyed success on the LJTWC day, winning the Fegentri race run at Bro Park on the same day as the 2017 LJTWC championship.