Jess Hargrave was born and raised in North Carolina, 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, Jess enjoyed the unique experience of growing up on a horse farm, which fueled her avid love of horses. She joined her local pony club at age 9, and via pony club was introduced to three-day eventing. Hardworking and driven, Jess 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, Jess 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.
A constant pursuit of high level training throughout Jess’s 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 on the east coast with Canadian Olympian (and her good friend) Rebecca Howard prior to Rebecca’s relocation following the 2012 London Olympics to the UK. From 2010 to 2013, Jess also trained with International 4* competitor and ICP level IV certified Coach Holly Hudspeth (nee Hepp). In 2013, Jess relocated to the West Coast and is currently training with and riding for International and 4*competitor Tamie Smith, in Temecula, California.