The 25-year-old is a rising star in the New Zealand ranks, making his four star debut at Luhmuhlen in Germany in June on Kaapachino where Amsterdam also contested the CIC3*. Both horses produced stunning clear rounds across country and finished in the top twenty.
Lyneham Heath’s Samantha Sandberg said: “Jesse is an outstanding rider and we are absolutely delighted to be able to help him with his career. He’s very much a rider with medal credentials and we feel both proud and excited to be able to do just a small amount to help him. We very much look forward to seeing him here at Lyneham with his horses. Not only is he a very talented rider but he is also a lovely person and is always smiling and has time for everyone.”
Young, talented and driven to succeed, at 21 Jesse became one of a small, group of nine Event riders selected onto the 2011 NZ Eventing High Performance Squad to be based in the UK. The squad included both legends of the sport such as Sir Mark Todd, and those at the forefront of future Eventing.
Soon after this Jesse won his first European CCI 2* title, closely followed by other UK and European wins, top 10 placings and invitations to compete against the world’s finest event riders and horses.
For 18 months Jesse worked under world ranked #1 Event rider at that time, Andrew Nicholson. At 22 Jesse established his own competition yard in the picturesque Downs of Marlborough. Here he has quickly established a reputation as a talented horseman with integrity and a skilled eye for selecting and producing top horses.
In 2013 Jesse represented New Zealand with his NZ thoroughbred Kaapachino at the Eventing Nations Cup Championship where their top ten result was one of the New Zealand team’s highest scores.
Jesse and Kaapachino had their 4* debut in 2015 at Luhmulhen International where they set a New Zealand record with their commanding 75.50% dressage. Their achievement placed them on the first day one behind Germany’s double Olympic Gold medalist and World Champion, and .03 from Sir Mark’s Olympic medal horse. Jesse and Kaapachino’s foot perfect cross-country saw them go on to win the Luhmuhlen Cross-Country prize for completing Captain Mark Phillips course bang on the optimum time.
At Barbury Castle in July he won the CIC2* with Cleveland and then finished third at Camphire In Ireland in the CCI2*.
Both Cleveland and Amsterdam, owned by Gary Harding, are being campaigned with global honours in mind, including the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Canada. The former was purchased for Jesse by team New Zealand and new owners are being sought for him. Jesse is also campaigning a team of young horses who will be quietly produced through the ranks.
Jesse said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that Lyneham Heath Equestrian are sponsoring me. I have always thought that it is the very best place to take a horse for cross country schooling. Everything about Lyneham is absolutely perfect, from the moment you drive through the gates. It’s all kept so up to date and the attention to detail is second to none including the beautifully presented fences. It really is the best place in the country to take a horse and I am so pleased about the new association.”
Jesse will have access to more than 200 cross country schooling fences and a new 80 metres by 70 metres all-weather arena which will be completed in the autumn. The fences range from 2’3” to 3’9” and are set in 130 acres of traditional hedged grassland. There is also an indoor school and a grass showjumping arena.