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Press Release: Jessica back in saddle after euro heartbreak (Portsmouth News)
28th October 2012

Jessica Gale is eager to make up for lost time as she prepares for the FEI European Dressage Championships in Compiegne’ France’ next year.


The 16–year–old from Worlds End’ near Hambledon’ qualified as part of Great Britain's junior team for this summer's showpiece event in Berne’ Switzerland.

However’ she was forced to withdraw when her horse’ Umbro–S’ developed an unforeseen injury.

But the talented dressage rider will be back in the international saddle next July.

And Gale has extra motivation to succeed after witnessing Team GB's triumphant dressage team in action at the London Olympics.

She said: 'I have Olympic ambitions of my own.

'I am still quite young’ so I will start off with competing at European championships and world cups and hopefully I can make a good impression at these events.

'It was inspiring to see Team GB in action at the Olympics and’ hopefully’ I can be a part of that team in 2016 or 2020.'

Gale's rise to prominence has been meteoric’ having only made the transition from showjumping to dressage in 2010.

And her dreams of following in the footsteps of double Olympic gold–medallist Charlotte Dujardin received a huge boost when she was earmarked as being an 'Olympian of the future' following selection for the British Equestrian Foundation Excel Talent Programme.

The programme – funded by the National Lottery and British Equestrian – will provide the teenager with the opportunity to access top equestrian specialists including coaches’ physiotherapists’ psychologists’ vets and nutritionists.

So’ with such a promising future’ Gale could have been forgiven for cursing her luck when beloved horse Umbro–S was ruled out of the European Championships.

She said: 'I was absolutely gutted to have missed out on the European Championships in Switzerland. It is really hard to pick yourself up from something like that but that's the nature of the sport.'

And Gale has taken precautions to make sure a repeat scenario wil

 

 

 

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Major Achievments:

2016
- winner of the PSG at Addington Premier League
- 2nd in the PSG at Somerford Premier League

2015
- Reserve for the European Young Rider team
- GB prime squad (young riders) with Umbro-S
- 1st PSG at Myerscough Premier League
- Selected to represent GB at Compiegne, France, Addington and Hickstead Internationals

2014
GB Squad on Umbro-S
3rd on Umbro-S at Saumur CDI
7th on Umbro-S in the PSG frestyle at the National Championship
Selected for the European Team

2013
1st in the individual on Rebellski at Kapellen International, Belgium
1st in the team test on Umbro-S at Hickstead International
Selected to represent GB at Addington, Hickstead and Kapellen Internationals
GB Squad on Rebellski
1st in the PYO freestyle at Wellington Premier League on Umbro-S

2012
Selected for the GB team at the European Championships 2012.
GB Squad on Umbro-S
8th in the Junior Individual and Team tests at Compiegne CDI*** 2012.
4th in the Junior Individual at Addington CDI with Umbro-S
1st in the Junior Team test at Vidauban International (Spring Tour) with Umbro-S.
1st in the Advanced Medium Freestyle at the Addington Premier League with Umbro-S.
1st in the Junior Individual at Addington High Profile with Umbro-S

 
 

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