My name is Jess Keeble-Jenkins, I am 18 years of age and I have been riding since I was 6 years old. I owned my first horse when I was 10 years old and he was an off the track thoroughbred. This horse gave me a numerous amount of knowledge and gave me the inspiration to be an elite rider one day. Buddy was called ‘Sir Lame a Lot’ as he always had multiple injuries and lameness issues, but I got to learn about soundness and the wellbeing of a horse. Whilst this sounds unfortunate, he lead me to bigger and better things.
At the age of 13, I came to the conclusion I needed a new horse to enable me to fulfill my dreams. With the support of my family I was able to purchase another off the track thoroughbred called ‘Alvin’. He was a 4 year old, 16.3hh gelding by Medal of Honour and I had no idea where it was going to lead. We have now been a partnership for five years and together we have gone up the grades to 1*. It has been hard work with lots of lessons, clinics, sweat and tears, but the achievement has been well worth it.
2015 has been a quiet year for me as I was in year 12 at school and my main focus was on my exams. On this basis, I decided to stay at 1* and only do the local events to keep us ticking over. We are ready to go up to 2* but I did not want to jeopardise my education.
Now I have finished school, I have decided to take a gap year and focus on my competition. My aim for 2016 is to compete Alvin at the Melbourne International and also, at Adelaide International three day event later on in the year. Having a quiet year has made me more hungry for competition.
I also have a new addition to my team who I have started breaking myself and intend to bring through the grades, as I did with Alvin. She is a thoroughbred cross warmblood by Bellario and whilst she has good breeding, she has big boots to fill.
My commitment to competition and horse management is shown through the wellbeing of my horse, he looks healthy and shows off how well he feels. We are both fit and we have a fitness program suitable to the level we are competing at. I ensure Alvin has the correct balanced diet with the appropriate supplements to maintain his wellbeing. Alvin also has other therapies to make sure his body and muscles are working to the best they can and that he does not suffer from any soreness or discomfort. I was fortunate enough my parents support my commitment and bought me an equissage and red light equipment. He has good quality tack that has been specifically fitted and every penny I earn is spent on my horse
I am a dedicated, focussed person. When I have a goal, I have to achieve it and being an elite rider is my current goal. I want to have every opportunity to be in the selection for the 2020 Olympics. I am not phased by the hard work involved to obtain my dream.
I feel my quality and skill is being able to train and produce a horse from the beginning up to a FEI level. I have absorbed all the knowledge from my mentors and developed my riding skills from what I have learnt. I also think having determination, patience, compassion, trust and confidence to ride is the best qualities my parents could have handed down to me.
I was recently approached by Harry Meade when he was in WA, he asked me if I considered selling Alvin after watching us at Eventing in the Park 2015. Alvin is not for sale as I know we have so much more to accomplish, but I was extremely chuffed we were noticed by someone of that status.
10th Place 1* 4 – 5 April 2015 WAYER
7th Place 1* 16 – 17 May 2015 Wooroloo
2nd Place 1* 30 – 31 May 2015 Brigadoon
8th Place 1* 25-26 July 2015 Gidgegannup
3rd Place 1* 21-24 August 2015 Wooroloo 3 Day Event (FEI)
2nd Place Grand Prix 115m 29 November 2015
EITP Grand Prix 115m 12 December 2015
Ron Patterson – Dressage
FEI International Judge / EA Educator / Judge and Mentor
Sue Morgan – is my regular dressage trainer
Sue is a British accredited Dressage Trainer up to FEI level, who has also competed professionally. She trained with Judy Harvey and Stephen Clarke (Olympic Judge) for over 20 years. Also Sue competed and trained in the Netherlands with Hanneke Gerritsen. Now located in Wanneroo competing her young horse currently at Medium.
Sonja Johnson – Cross Country
4* Olympic Event Rider
Rick Dabner – Showjumping
D grade showjumper born in UK and trained in USA