Jessie Hargrave – was born and raised in NC where she and her two brothers began riding as soon as they outgrew their indoor rocking horses! Getting her first pony at the age of three, Jessie enjoyed the unique experience of growing up on a horse farm, which fueled her avid love of horses. Jessie joined her local pony club at age 9, and through pony club was introduced to three-day eventing. Hardworking and driven, Jessie progressed through her pony club ratings, and achieved the coveted ‘A’ rating at only 16 years of age. Committed to continuously expanding her own base of knowledge, Jessie is also a Ride Right Equestrian Sport Psychology certified level III coach, a USPC National Examiner, and is pursuing the USEA training for ICP certification.
With a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master’s degree in Education, Jessie has a strong foundation in the art of teaching. Her self-described “love of learning” and passion for educating, coupled with a background in learning theory and a myriad of teaching experiences, allow her to teach and instruct a broad range of students and horses in a variety of settings. Jessie is able to cater to both children and adults alike with interests ranging from Pony Club and dressage to Hunters and Eventing.
Jessie’s pursuit of high level training throughout her riding career is evident, and she has been fortunate enough to train extensively with some of the very best coaches and most talented riders in the sport. During the 2011 season, she was based with Canadian Olympian, International 4* competitor, and her good friend Rebecca Howard prior to Rebecca’s relocation following the 2012 London Olympics to the UK. Presently, Jessie trains with international 4* competitor and ICP level IV certified Coach Holly Hudspeth. Some other notable trainers and mentors include:
Mary Gordon Watson - British Olympic, World and European champion.
Lucinda Green MBE - British Olympic and European Champion, 6 time winner of Badminton horse trials.
Tim Grubb - British Olympic show jumper.
J. Michael Plumb- Hall of Fame Equestrian, 6 time US Olympian and team gold medalist.
Rebecca Howard - Canadian Olympian, International 4* equestrian, and previous member of the O’Connor event team.
Holly Hudspeth (nee Hepp) - International 4* equestrian, level IV ICP certified USEA coach.
Daniel Stewart - founder of Ride Right equestrian sport psychology, US Para Olympic team coach.