Jessica Mendoza (equestrian)

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Jessica Mendoza
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Personal information
Full nameJessica Mendoza
NationalityUnited Kingdom
DisciplineShow jumping
Born(1996-04-09)9 April 1996
Cheltenham, England

Jessica Mendoza is one of the UK's top female equestrian athletes[1] who broke into the World's top 100 riders, and into the top 10 British showjumping riders in Spring 2015.[2][3] Jessica is also a regular contributor to the British monthly magazine PONY.[4]

Jessica was accepted (in 2013) onto the British Equestrian Federation UK Sport-funded World Class Development Programme which works with talented riders to maximise their potential and deliver success for Team GBR and has ridden on British teams at major international championships every year since.[5][6]

Born and brought up in Chippenham, Wiltshire, Jessica started her international showjumping career on the International Pony and junior riders circuits (2011–14), taking numerous medal honours across highly consistent performances. Since 2014, Jess competes from her Central European base in Eindhoven, the 'showjumping capital' of The Netherlands.

Early years[edit]

Jessica Mendoza started riding horses at the age of 2, and four years later decided she wanted to be a professional show jumper. Even an incident at the age of 10, where she punctured a lung after being trod on by a horse who bucked her off, did not drive her away from the sport.[7] She was named Leading Pony rider by British Showjumping on two consecutive occasions in 2009 and 2010.[8]

Mendoza represented Great Britain four times at the Pony European Championships, riding Tixylix. Her first appearance was in Moorsele, Belgium, in 2009, where she finished in sixth place individually. She was selected again in 2010 to ride at the championships at Bishop Burton, Great Britain. In 2011 Jess was on the winning British team at the Pony European Championships held in Jaszkowo, Poland and went on to win an individual bronze. In 2012, she won her second Team Gold at the Pony Europeans in Fontainebleau, France.[9]

In 2013 Jessica moved on to the Junior Riders European Team and won Team Silver in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain. In the following year, she further added to her medal tally winning Team Gold and Individual Bronze at the European Championships in Arezzo, Italy, riding Spirit T.[10][11]

Career achievements (2014 onwards)[edit]

Following her major successes pony/junior levels, Jessica embarked on her career in horse and senior classes in 2014 and soon started to notch up major successes at Grand Prix level.[12][13]

Jess has become a regular competitor on the senior international circuit[14] and is a regular at the Longines Global Champions Tour, the World's Premier 5 star International Showjumping Series.[15]

In April 2014 Jessica competed in her very first CSI4* event at Antwerp, achieving two wins riding Spirit T and Ramiro de Belle Vue.[16] The results continued to mount and the following month Jessica went on to claim her first jumping Derby at Eindhoven with Ramiro De Belle Vue.[17]

In August 2014, Jessica competed on home soil in her first CSI5* competition at the London leg of the Longines Global Championship Tour, in Horseguards Parade, winning her first 5 – star competition making the youngest ever winner at the most prestigious show jumping tour in the world.[18]

Other major wins followed at the end of that year at the Paris Gucci Masters riding Spirit T, and at Salzburg CSI4* riding Ramiro De Belle Vue. Jessica's first World Cup qualifier was at Leipzig in 2015, gaining invaluable experience and finishing in 9th place with Spirit T.[19][20]

In mid February 2015, Jessica competed at The Longines Hong Kong Masters CSI5*.[21] She was one of the British trio who took the three top positions in the Gucci Gold Cup, John Whitaker 1st, Jessica 2nd and world's number one Scott Brash in 3rd.[22][23]

A series of consistent performances during the Summer of 2015 secured her places on British Nations Cup teams, including taking Team Gold (Rotterdam nations Cup, June 2015).[24]

Jessica's international senior championship debut this August at the FEI European Championships saw her become the youngest British international competitor for nearly 40 years. Her final round in the Team competition proved crucial in gaining Rio Olympic qualification for Team GBR. Jessica was ranked 65 in the world and was Britain's second top female rider, as at 31 August 2015.[25]

In Autumn 2015, Jessica was announced as The Longines Rising Star of 2015 at the annual FEI Awards in recognition of her outstanding sporting talent. She also took British Showjumping's Young (under 21) Rider of the Year Award for 2015.

In 2016, at the age of 20, she became the youngest competitor in 40 years to join the Team GBR Olympic squad when she was travelling reserve in Rio.

Her latest showjumping results in are recorded on the FEI database.[26]

Major Achievements[edit]

Year Month Achievement
2013 January
  • 1st – Nuggets L'Amandour, Addington
  • Classic Highfly, Bury Farm
  • 3rd – Classic Highfly, World Class Development Programme U23
  • 1st – Classic Highfly, Aintree
  • 1st – Balougio, Oliva Nova CSI1*
  • 1st – Balougio, Oliva Nova CSI1*
  • 1st – Balougio, Oliva Nova CSI1*
  • 1st – Spirit T, Oliva Nova CSI1*
  • 1st – Spirit T, Chantilly CSI2*
  • 1st – Bril B, Chantilly CSI2*
  • 1st – Spirit T, Oliva Nova CSI1*
  • 1st – Balougio, Deauville
  • 5th – Spirit T, Junior Nations Cup Deauville
  • 1st – Balougio, Chepstow CSI**
  • 1st – Ramiro de Belle Vue, Fontainebleau CSI2*
  • 2nd – Spirit T, Junior Nations Cup, Hagen
  • TEAM SILVER Junior Europeans – Spirit T
  • 1st – Balougio, Auvers CSI2*
  • 1st – Balougio, Auvers CSI2*
  • 1st – Nuggets L'Amandour, Int Trial New Forest Show
  • 1st – Ramiro de Belle Vue, Zandhoven CSI3*
  • 1st – Classic Highfly, Lier CSI2*
  • 3rd - Spirit T Young Riders Final Olympia
  • 2nd - Spirit T 1.45 Ranking Class CSI** Gucci Masters Paris
  • 2nd - Ramiro De Belle Vue 1.35 CSI** Gucci Masters
2014 February
  • 1st – Ramiro de Belle Vue, Gent CSI2*
  • LEADING RIDER Lier Indoor Championship Tour
  • 1st – Classic Highfly, Arezzo CSI2*
  • 1st – Falballa de Messitert, Arezzo CSI2*
  • 1st – Ramiro de Belle Vue, Arezzo CSI2*
  • 1st – Ramiro de Belle Vue, Antwerp CSI4*
  • 1st – Spirit T, Antwerp CSI4*
  • 1st – Ramiro de Belle Vue, Eindoven (Derby) CSI3*
  • 1st – Nuggets L'Amandour, Redefin CSI2*
  • 1st – Spirti T, Asten CSI2*
  • 1st – Classic Highfly, Asten CSI2*
  • INDIVIDUAL BRONZE MEDAL, Junior Europeans Arezzo, Spirit T
  • TEAM GOLD MEDAL, Junior Europeans Arezzo, Spirit T
  • 1st – Nuggets L'Amandour, Opglabeek CSI2*
  • 1st – Classic Highfly, Spangenberg CSI3*
  • 1st – Ramiro de Belle Vue, London GCT CSI5*
  • 1st – Classic Highfly, Valkenswaard CSI2*
  • 1st – Ramiro de Belle Vue, Oliva CSI2*
  • 1st – Nuggets L'Amandour, Lechtenvoorten
  • 1st – Spirit T, Oliva CSI2*
  • 1st – Ramiro De Belle Vue, Salzburg CSI4*
  • 1st – Spirit T, Gucci Masters
2015 January
  • 9th – Spirit T World Cup CSI5*
  • 2nd – Spirit T, Hong Kong CSI5*
  • 1st – Nuggets L'Amandour, Lier CSI2*
  • 1st – Ramiro De Belle Vue, Arezzo CSI3*
  • 1st – Ramiro De Belle Vue, Arezzo CSI3*
  • 1st – Spirit T, Arezzo CSI3*
  • 1st – Ramiro De Belle Vue, Arezzo CSI3*
  • 1st – Sam de Bacon, Arezzo CSI3*
  • 1st – Nuggets L'Amandour, Arezzo CSI3*
  • 1st – Classic Highfly, Arezzo CSI3*
  • 1st – Ramiro De Belle Vue, Arezzo CSI3*
  • 6th - Spirit T 1.60 Global Tour Grand Prix Shang hai CSI*****
  • 1st - TEAM GB - Spirit T - Nations Cup Spirit T Rotterdam CSI*****
  • 4th - Spirit T 1.60 Grand Prix St Gallen CSI*****
  • 6th - Spirit T 1.60 Global Tour Grand Prix Estoril CSI*****
  • 1st - Ramiro de Belle Vue 1.40 St Moritz CSI****
  • 4th - TEAM GB - Spirit T - European Championships Aachen Nations Cup CSIO*****
  • 4th - Spirit T 1.60 King George Grand Prix CSI*****, Hickstead Royal International
  • 2nd - TEAM GB - Spirit T - Nations Cup Final Barcelona CSI*****
  • 2nd - Spirit T 1.60 World Cup Helsinki CSI-W*****
  • 3rd - Spirit T 1.60 Grand Prix Oslo CSI-W*****


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