Profile: Jessica Mendoza
- Published: 27/08/2016
- Updated: 18/12/2016
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Date of Birth: 09/4/1996
Birthplace: Chippenham, Wiltshire, England
Height: 1.72 m / 5′ 8″
Career: 2011 – Present
Jessica Mendoza was born and brought up in Chippenham, Wiltshire. She started riding horses at the age of 2, and four years later decided she wanted to be a professional show jumper, after encouragement by her father. Jessica, at the age of 6 started on her first show jumping pony, called Dynamite Diggy. Even an incident at the age of 10, where she punctured a lung after being trod on by a horse who bucked her off, did not drive her away from the sport.
Jessica started her international showjumping career on the International Pony and junior riders circuits (2011–14), taking numerous medal honours across highly consistent performances.
In 2013, Jessica was accepted onto the British Equestrian Federation UK Sport-funded World Class Development Programme, which aims to maximise potential and deliver success for Team GBR. She has since ridden on British teams at major international championships every year since.
Since 2014, Jessica competes from her Central European base in Eindhoven, the ‘showjumping capital’ of The Netherlands. Jessica is one of the UK’s top female equestrian athletes, and is ranked within the World’s top 100 riders, and in the top 10 British showjumping riders in 2015.
2013 Team silver medal Junior Europeans
2014 Team gold medal Junior Europeans Arezzo
2015 1st place for TEAM GB at Nations Cup Spirit T Rotterdam CSI*****
Longines Rising Star Award at the 2015 FEI Awards.
British Showjumping’s Young (Under 21) Rider of the Year 2015
Competed for Team GB in Rio 2016 in Equestrian Jumping Individual.
Jessica is also a regular contributor to the British monthly magazine PONY.