Horses have has always been a part of Jessica Phoenix’s life and since her discovery of the sport of eventing this Uxbridge Ontario daughter has not been shy of opportunities to convert her passion into benchmark experiences. shy of opportunities to convert her passion into benchmark experiences and now representing Canada at the London 2012 Olympic Games is an honour and privilege long dreamed of.
"Competing and winning gold for Canada has always been my dream. As a profession I teach and train riders and horses allowing me to connect from the grass roots right up to the highest level of competition. I feel that by realizing my own dream I can best help Canadian Equestrians of the future reach theirs!"
Ottawa, ON, May 12, 2013 - Canadian 2012 Olympic duo, Jessica Phoenix and Exponential rode to a spectacular victory in the CCI 3* division at the Jersey Fresh Three Day Event held in Allentown, New Jersey, USA, May 8 - 12, 2013.
After earning a score of 52.7 in the dressage test, Phoenix, of Cannington, ON, and Exponential, her 15-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred gelding, started the cross country day in fourth place. The pair quickly moved up the leaderboard into second after being one of only two double clear trips over the extremely tricky course designed by 2011 Pan Am Games Eventing course designer, John Williams.
On the final day of competition, Phoenix and Exponential headed into the show jumping round with just 1.2 penalties separating them from first place. As the second last pair to compete in the CCI3* division they pulled one unlucky rail giving them four faults with one rider left to go, frontrunner American Buck Davidson on D.A. Admiro, who took down two rails for 8 faults giving Phoenix the win on a final score of 56.7.
"Our goal going in was to have a really competitive dressage score and finish on it," said Phoenix. "I am so proud of Exponential and thrilled to have this incredible partnership with him."
Jessica and Exponential are home after a great finish at 22nd position in the field of over 70 rider and horse combinations. Jessica would like to thank everyone once more for supporting her and Exponential at the 2012 Olympic Games in London!
Jessica and fellow individual games medallists Hannah Sue Burnett and Buck Davidson of the Unitied States.
Canada’s five member team, comprised of James Atkinson of Mountain Road, MB, Hawley Bennett-Awad of Langley, BC, Rebecca Howard of Salmon Arm, BC, Selena O’Hanlon of Elgin, ON, and Jessica Phoenix of Uxbridge, ON.
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A total of $23,300 was raised, surpassing our goal, to help Jessica Phoenix
participate in this year’s London Olympic
Thank you to all of you for generously
supporting Jessie as she represented
Canada at the highest level of her sport.