West Sussex based showjumper Jessie Drea enjoyed a great weekend at the Saut Hermès au Grand Palais show in Paris recently, flying the flag for Great Britain in the Under-25 competition.
Riding Touchable, a thirteen year old chestnut mare owned by Miss Lynne Humphries, the UK Sport lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider contested the Under-25 team competition alongside fellow Brit Louise Saywell.
Louise was riding Hello Winner, owned by Lady Kirkham and Lady Harris. With Jessie and Louise posting two superb clear rounds each, and being the only team in the ten-team strong class to do so, the duo took the win ahead of Sweden and Ireland.
Jessie also competed in the ‘Les Talents Hermès’ competitions at the start of the weekend, producing a solid clear in the first round of the opening day’s two-phase competition. She was unlucky to pick up four faults in the second phase, to finish twelfth.
The World Class Development Programme underpins World Class Performance and, together with the Equine Pathway, comprises the Equestrian World Class Programme, incorporating the three Olympic sports of dressage, eventing, showjumping and the Paralympic sport of para-equestrian dressage.
The Programme has been funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, through Exchequer and National Lottery funds, via UK Sport since 1998.
A Nations Cup show jumping Team rider for Great Britain, Jessie (22), who is based at Bolney, has been well known as a top rider in Great Britain from a young age, culminating with her 2006 win of the Prestigious Pony of the Year show in England.
She has gone on to represent Great Britain on Senior Nations Cup teams to great success, and is one if the best young riders of her generation.
Her career successes have included being leading rider at Lisbon CSIO, second for GB in Lisbon Nations Cup team, fourth in Copenhagen Nations Cup for GB, winning Lisbon Accumulator CSI3*, finishing second at Wettenhall World Class CS1 3*, fifth at Olympia World Class Final, winning Arena UK Young Riders and being sixth at Lisbon CSI 3* Grand Prix.