Rider of the Week….

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Published on September 25, 2012

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eed Kessler

Well this young superstar needs no introduction. Reed Kessler made history this year by becoming the youngest rider to ever compete for the USA Equestrian team at the Olympic Games. At the tender age of 17, Reed earned her Olympic bid and wrote herself into the history books.

She was not even able to legally have a glass of champagne to celebrate in March of this year when she tied a win with American legend Margie Engle for the Olympic trials held in Wellington, Florida. I mean c’mon, while most riders her age are setting their sites on Young Riders, Kessler was edging towards serious Olympic short list consideration.

Reed got more then consideration, she received an official position on the 2012 US Olympic Show Jumping team this summer at Spruce Meadows. After weeks of incredible results and multiple wins, it seemed only natural that this young phenomenon was more then capable of handling the Olympic-sized pressure that would come with London 2012.

Despite turning 18 on July 9th, merely 18 days before the commencement of the London Games, Reed handled the pressure and attention of Olympic competition with incredible composure and confidence. This girl was made for the international stage. She waltzed into the Olympic ring in London, I mean she didn’t even look nervous. I felt more nervous then she looked.

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