- Reed Kessler’s sensational breakthrough into the international show jumping ranks is yet to be matched; in 2012 at the age of 17, she catapulted to fame when she won the official selection trials for the United States Equestrian Team, won the U.S. National Open Jumper Championship, and went on to represent the USA at that year’s London Olympic Games. She became the youngest show jumping competitor to ever have competed at the Olympics, and she subsequently was honored with the 2013 FEI Rising Star Award.
- Reed’s parents, Teri and Murray Kessler, forged the strength that Kessler demonstrated during her breakout year. The close-knit family rode together throughout Reed’s childhood, first with a pony and an off-the-track Thoroughbred kept in their backyard. As Reed grew up and her dedication to riding became clear, the family began Kessler Show Stables, originally in New York before moving to their current base in Lexington, Kentucky, as well as a winter stable in Wellington, Florida.
- Ever since she was a young child in her first leadline class, Reed has maintained a single-minded focus and competitive desire to win. Her early career was guided by trainers Katie and Henri Prudent, and she later trained with German legend Marcus Ehning before stepping out on her own in 2015.
- Kessler Show Stables set down roots in Europe in 2015, with the purchase of a 25- acre farm in Guttecoven, The Netherlands, where Reed maintains an active stable of horses that are competitive at all levels of the sport. From her Olympic partner Cylana to promising young horse Up Des Chaines, and high quality sales prospects, the team works together for success inside and outside the ring.
- •Top 3 placings in 34 grand prix classes, including the ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup, President’s Cup, Lafarge Cup, CP International, Big Ben Challenge, Stuttgart, RBC Grand Prix, Gucci Masters, Saut Hermès of Paris, Spruce Pepsi Challenge, La Bagnaia Derby, American Invitational, Multiple WEF Challenge Cups, and Geneva Champions Challenge
- •Career winnings of over $2MM
- •Member of multiple Nations Cups Teams, including gold medals at Wellington, Hickstead, and Barcelona, silver at Aachen, and bronze at Hickstead
- •Winner of the 2013 FEI Rising Star Award
- •Winner of the USET Lionel Guerrard Hermes Award for Rising Talent
- •Winner of the 2012 World of Show Jumping Talent of the Year
- •Youngest show jumping rider ever to compete in the Olympic Games
- •Member of the 2012 USA London Olympic Team
- •Shortlisted for the 2016 USA Rio Olympic Team
- •1st and 3rd in the 2012 Olympic Selection Trials
- •2012 co-National U.S. Open Jumper Champion
- •Leading Lady Rider at Stuttgart (2X), Global Champions Tour of Paris, Winter Equestrian Festival
- •Winner of four national junior jumper championships with team gold (3X) and individual gold