A prodigy has emerged in the world of equestrian show jumping, and her name is Reed Kessler. A 17 year-old from Armonk, New York has hit the Olympic scene this year with determination.
Kessler is one of four active riders named to the US Olympic show jumping team, with Charlie Jayne, 26, named as the reserve rider.
As the youngest person to be selected for the US Olympic show jumping team in history, Kessler joins Rich Fellers, 52, Beezie Madden, 48, and McClain Ward, 36.
Clear round after clear round, Kessler has been proving she is gold medal quality. Earlier in the year at the Olympic selection trials in Wellington, Florida, Kessler shared the National Championship title and trophy with longtime Olympic veteran Margie Engle, 54.
Kessler’s two horses, Cylana and Mika, have been her faithful partners for the majority of the Olympic selection events with Cylana being her mount for the London Olympic games. The 10 year old mare Cylana and Kessler have formed a relatively new partnership having only 9 months together before being named to the US Olympic show jumping team.
The minimum age requirement for riders at the Olympic games is 18, and Kessler’s birthday is on July 9 which happens to be 18 days before the opening ceremonies of the Olympic games.
When Kessler got the news that she was officially on the team, she tweeted:
“Got the call from George!!!!! I made the team!!!! There’s too many people to thank, this is without a doubt the greatest day of my life!!!!!”
Kessler was referring to the legendary Olympic show jumping team coach George Morris.
Some might say the occasion looks a lot like a modern-day version of the movie International Velvet, an equestrian movie starring Tatum O’Neil. In the movie, O’Neil’s character is “Sarah Brown” who was the youngest rider for the British Olympic team and brings home the gold. Also in the movie, Sarah embraces a romance with the leading Olympic male rider for the US team.
Kessler’s current boyfriend is Tim Gredley, 25, a top performer on the British show jumping scene.
Kessler went on to tweet regarding her thanks for her parents, her boyfriend, her horses, her trainers, and anyone who has had a hand in her career.
Terri and Murray Kessler, Reed’s parents and her biggest fans, have just purchased a farm in Lexington, Kentucky which is to be their new base. Kessler also trains at Katie Prudent’s farm in France while competing in Europe during the summers.
Kessler is also sponsored to compete by Butet Saddles, GPA Helmets, Alessandro Albanese riding apparel & Ogilvy Saddle Pads.
Needless to say, Cylana and Reed Kessler will be a pair to watch when show jumping competition begins in London on August 4, 2012.