My name is Jess Keeble-Jenkins 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 was quiet the 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 were 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. In 2016 my aim was to compete Alvin at the Melbourne International and also, at Adelaide International three day. Having a quiet year has made me more hungry for competition.
Won Young Event Horse of the year (7year old class)
Part of the winning team challenge team
2nd in EvA105 WAYER
1st in 105JEvA Swan River Horse Trials
2nd Highest placing Junior in the EvA105 over the entire year
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
– Dolly won both her dressage classes at young rider festival (March 26th)
– 1st & 2nd April WAYER: Dolly placed 2nd in 80cm
– 15th & 16th April Harvey: Dolly placed 7th in 80cm
– 29th & 30th April Moora: Dolly placed 2nd in 80cm and Alvin ran 2*
– 13th & 14th May Wooroloo: Dolly placed 5th in 80cm, Alvin ran 1*
– 27th & 28th May Brigadoon: Dolly 1st in 80cm, Alvin 5th in 1*
– 18th July Brigadoon Combine training: Alvin won the 1.15 and best performing OTT, Dolly placed 6th in the 95cm.
– 5th & 6th August Gidgegannup: Dolly placed 3rd in 80cm, won overall best dressage of the competition with the score 33 penalties. Alvin was sitting 2nd, I fell off in the showjumping warm up and Alvin reopened old wound. Ended up scratching Alvin, didn’t want to risk it.
– 19th & 20th August Wooroloo: Dolly finished 11th in 80cm
– 30th September Young Event Horse: Dolly placed 5th in the 5 year old class
– 8th October Wallangarra: Dolly won her first 95cm
– 21st & 22nd October Brigadoon: Dolly came 3rd in 95cm
– Dolly place 3rd in Brigadoon hunter trials
– 4th & 5th November Swam river Capel: Dolly placed 2nd in 95cm
– Adelaide: Alvin qualified but we didn’t end up going due to uni exams.
– I got my personal best dressage score this year of 30 penalties.
– Alvin and I were selected for the high performance squad.
– I’ve had consistent lessons with Sue Morgan, Ron Paterson and Rick Dabner throughout this year.
– Dolly will be having a spell at they end of this year. Alvin will be kept in work over the summer completing a range of different training plans.
Plans for 2018
– Start Dolly straight into 95cm and finish the year on 1.05cm (pre-novice).
– Alvin to compete consistently at 2*, getting more confidence and experience, ready for Adelaide at the end of the year.
– Hopefully be breeding from Dolly at the end of next year.
– Plans of getting another off the track thoroughbred to retrain (summer project).