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Jessica Dunn and Alicante Valley
This week I’m chatting with British Grand Prix dressage rider, Jessica Dunn. Jess is a freelance rider and trainer based in Lancashire. Read on to discover more about her journey so far.

Tell us a little about you and your horses

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Jessica’s small tour ride, Hokita (Dreamy)
  I’m Jess Dunn, I’m based at white hill stud in Lancashire and I’m a Grand Prix dressage rider. I currently ride Grand Prix horse Alicante Valley (chello) and small tour horse Hokita (dreamy), along with a couple of lovely 3, 4 & 5yr olds for white hill stud. And then I have long term lodger Woodcroft Ferdinand (Ferdi) owned by Georgie Newton who is currently at small tour and working towards Grand Prix.

 

How did horses come into your life?

Jessica and her first pony during a day out cubbing
Jessica and her first pony during a day out cubbing
  I got my first pony for my first birthday. And never really looked back! My mum worked in racing and hunt yards, so it was in my blood to ride.

How long have you been riding?

first pony
Where it all started. Bigstone Hiderous was the naughtiest terror
  I think I rode before I walked!

When and where do you ride?

  I’m a self-employed freelance rider but currently based at White Hill Stud in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire.

How did you start riding?

  Through my mum.

 

What you and your horses currently working on?

Woodcroft Ferdinand and Jessica Dunn
meet Woodcroft Ferdinand
  We are just steadily working away towards the next levels. I’ve two horses moving up to small tour this year, so they are just consolidating their PSG work. The young horses are working on having fun and strengthening up at their own pace

What do you love about riding?

  I enjoy the process of how a horse learns. I love seeing their development in strength and understanding and it’s just so incredibly rewarding.

What would you like to be doing in the future and do you have any goals?

Jessica Dunn and Alicante Valley
ess with the flashy looking Alicante Valley (Chello)
I just want to carry on enjoying my horses; Teaching and competing. My long-term goal would be to get onto a nations cup team with Chello at GP.

Have you ever had to deal with nerves in riding?  

No, I’m lucky that I don’t suffer from nerves that hinder me. Just good butterflies and adrenaline!

How do you deal with them?

  I have had help from sports psychologists in the past to really get the most out of my thought patterns.

 

Your Top Tip

  Use more leg. Always! And also, to stay in your own lane, run your own race. No one is on the same journey as you, so you are not comparable.

The Final Furlong

 

Who would be your dream horse to ride?

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Jess’ horse of a lifetime, Fyona.
  I used to ride my dream horse, Fyona, unfortunately injury stopped her career. But currently it would have to be Jovian (ridden by Eva Muller)

Who is your equestrian rider hero?

  Wolfram Wittig & Matthias Bouten

If you could have five people to dinner who would they be?

Jonny Wilkinson (my absolute hero) Gary Barlow (I’ve loved him since I was 4!) Hugh jackman (so he can sing greatest showman tunes to me) Lance Armstrong (as I just have so many questions!) Jessica Ennis

Favourite colour horse?

  Black

Favourite horse event

  Dressage: Frankfurt as it’s at Christmas and always snows. For a bit of both: Olympia in England has been magical the past few years!

Favourite food

  Salmon. Pretty much on its own.

Favourite way to relax

  I love reading. So, a good book in bed is heaven for me!

Favourite film

  Oooh! I have a few that I can’t choose from. Finding Neverland The Fault in our Stars Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Want More?

If you enjoyed meeting Jess you might like to see more chatting with interviews here    You can keep up with Jessica’s progress on her instagram page @j_d_dressage  
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