Reed Kessler began riding at six months old as both her parents were riders, so they put her in a basket on her first pony. At 18, she was named in the US show jumping team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, making her the youngest show jumping competitor in Olympic history. Reed’s heroes are US equestrian riders Beezie Madden, McLain Ward and Laura Kraut.
Reed and her family have a few superstitions: "I wear lucky USA socks from the Young Rider Tour for the really big classes. My dad has a lucky baseball hat and he always holds our dog Mouse while I'm in the ring. When we are in Florida, my mum always watches from the same place."
2013 Longines Rising Star award winner
10th 2013 FEI World Cup Finals with Cylana
2nd 2013 5* Paris Grand Prix with Cylana
2nd in two 2013 Spruce Meadows FEI World Cup Qualifiers with Cylana
2013 2* Wellington Grand Prix winner with Ligist
2012 Washington FEI World Cup Qualifier with Cylana
2012 Lexington FEI World Cup Qualifier with Mika
Katie Prudent is Reed’s Godmother
Reed joined the Tour in 2012