Fresh from solid performances at the Longines Paris Masters, 19 year old Jessica Mendoza continues to take the show jumping world by storm as she prepares for her final UK competition appearance this year at The London International Horse Show at Olympia this week (15-21 December 2015).
Jessica became the youngest rider in 40 years to represent Great Britain at an international championships at the European Show jumping Championships in Aachen, when she helped the British team qualify for Rio, aboard Spirit T, and has since been steadily climbing up the world rankings in her continued bid to impress selectors and secure a place on that team.
In November, the FEI (the international governing body of the sport) announced Jessica as the winner of the 2015 Longines Rising Star award, in recognition of these achievements. In October, she also took British Showjumping’s Young (Under 21) Rider of the Year.
Born and brought up in Wiltshire but now based in Eindhoven in The Netherlands, The London International will be only Jessica’s fourth competition appearance in the UK this year. Team Mendoza’s Olympia entries are likely to include: Atilija, Ramiro de Belle Vue, Spirit T and Wan Architect.
“It’s been a big year for me and really exciting. Spirit T has really stepped up to the mark and now I have a good, strong team of other horses coming up behind. I am really looking forward to Olympia and all the challenges 2016 might bring,” commented Jessica.
As at 30.11.15, Jessica was ranked:
- 64 in the Longines FEI World Show jumping Rankings (as at 30.11.15)
- the 7th highest Brit in these World rankings
- 26th in the Western European League of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping standings
- 48th in the Longines Global Champions Tour rider rankings
2015 Highlights (to date):
- European Showjumping Championships 2015 – Team 4th (securing Olympic qualification)
- Three British team appearances in Nations Cups – St Gallen, Rotterdam (1st) and Barcelona (2nd)
- Finishing a close second in only her second World Cup in Helsinki (October 2015)
- Taking two podium positions at the Longines Paris Masters (4-6 December 2015) including the Longines Speed Challenge (second to Gregory Wathelet)
- Winning 10 Grands Prix across Europe to date
- Being so close to winning the King George V Gold Cup at The Longines Royal International in August, giving top American, Beezie Madden ‘ a run for her money’.