Truly a young prodigy, American rider Reed Kessler was the first to be introduced as a laureate of the 2017 Longines Ladies Awards. At only 18 years old, in her first year of eligibility in the senior Jumping ranks, she clinched the 2012 USEF National Jumping title.
A few months later, Reed headed to London as the youngest equestrian athlete to compete at the Olympic Games. In early 2013, Reed achieved top results at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington (USA) and contributed to Team USA’s victory. She also competed at the FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Gothenburg (SWE) and represented the USA in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping. At the culmination of a successful year, she received the Longines Rising Star Award, rewarding her great talent and commitment to her sport at the FEI Awards Gala.
Ambitious and talented, Reed has given the following advice: “When you get consistent at something and you’re doing it well and it’s easy for you, it’s time to do something harder.”
The hard-working show jumper continues to build her career and has given back to the equestrian community by sharing her own experience in the US Equestrian’s Learning Center project, which aims to provide educational content for fans and athletes.
She enjoys a large fan base, bringing an extraordinary outreach to equestrian sports, and she is also an ambassador for JustWorld International, a charity supporting education and healthcare in developing countries.
Four exceptional personalities—Reed Kessler, Georgina Bloomberg, Michelle Payne and The Honourable Belinda Stronach, P.C.—were recognized during the Longines Ladies Awards at the gala dinner of the Pan American Conference presented by Longines. The event was held on the eve of the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, and they all received an elegant Longines timepiece from the hands of Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing.