Hard work gets Kessler Olympic ride at 18
On July 9th, 1994, Reed Kessler was born. Her parents, Murray and Terri Kessler, didn’t know that their newborn baby, Reed, was going to be an Olympian.
From a young age, Reed was intrigued by horseback riding. Her parents had been riding 30 years prior to Reed being born.
Until she reached the age of five, Reed had been taught how to ride by her parents. Then she took lessons at Oxridge Hunt Club and Lionshare Farm in the time frame of two years.
At seven, Reed went to Heritage Farm until she was fifteen. Like every young horseback rider, Reed aspired to be great, but Reed didn’t just “dream” she was going to the Olympics, she “knew” she would.
Reed Kessler was the youngest person to compete in show jumping at the Olympics, setting that record in 2012 in London, England. But making it to the Olympics wasn’t easy; it came from a lot of determination and hard work. To make it that far in a sport, one has to love what he or she does and put in the hard work.
That’s exactly what Reed Kessler did — while being supported by her parents since day one. Her parents had ridden with Katie Prudent as Prudent’s first students. Katie Prudent is Kessler’s godmother and now current trainer as well.
With the many horses Reed has, she shows all year with Katie’s help. First Reed goes to Florida to show for a couple of weeks, then Europe. After Europe, Kessler comes back to the United States to show during the indoor season.
If Kessler qualifies for championships and Rolex she will attend them. To qualify for the championships and Rolex (a big horse show that is only held once a year for advanced riders), she had to get a certain number of points. She obtained points by winning or placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd in any show. When Kessler shows, she jumps around five feet. Kessler has never given up and surely won’t any time soon.
July 9th, 1994 had to be an exciting day for the Kesslers, but when Kessler climbed to the top of the Olympic trials, they had to be just as excited. All of the lessons and every minute of hard work she put in showed then how much she had excelled. Having put in the hard work which resulted in getting tired and having exhaustion might not have been fun, other times it could have been because she did it right, but the finished product was something she never forgot. “Knowing” she would be in the Olympics, drove her desire to be the best.