Profiles

  • Reed Kessler
  • Competing for: United States
  • From: Lexington
  • Age: 23

Reed Kessler began riding at six months old as both her parents were riders, so they put her in a basket on her first pony. At 18, she was named in the US show jumping team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, making her the youngest show jumping competitor in Olympic history. Reed’s heroes are US equestrian riders Beezie Madden, McLain Ward and Laura Kraut. 

Reed and her family have a few superstitions: "I wear lucky USA socks from the Young Rider Tour for the really big classes. My dad has a lucky baseball hat and he always holds our dog Mouse while I'm in the ring. When we are in Florida, my mum always watches from the same place." 

Fast Facts

2013 Longines Rising Star award winner

10th 2013 FEI World Cup Finals with Cylana

2nd 2013 5* Paris Grand Prix with Cylana

2nd in two 2013 Spruce Meadows FEI World Cup Qualifiers with Cylana

2013 2* Wellington Grand Prix winner with Ligist 

2012 Washington FEI World Cup Qualifier with Cylana

2012 Lexington FEI World Cup Qualifier with Mika

Katie Prudent is Reed’s Godmother

Reed joined the Tour in 2012