A talented Grand Prix and FEI Young Horse competitor, Jessica Jo (JJ) Tate, earned her United States Dressage Federation Bronze, Silver and Gold medals. She’s competed 11 horses at FEI, four of which were at the Grand Prix and finished in the top rankings in numerous regional and national titles. JJ is a noted clinician who trains students throughout the United States.
Among her many accomplishments, JJ is especially proud of representing the United States in the World Breeding Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany in August 2007. JJ and Donnermuth finished seventh in the Small Finals, the highest of all U.S. riders. JJ’s ultimate goal is to represent her country as a member of the United States Olympic Team.
In 2006, JJ was a World Cup Finalist, took first place in the Grand Prix Special, long-listed for the World Equestrian games, and was FEI High Point Champion at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington with Cambay. JJ placed in the top at Dressage at Devon, the Grand Prix and in the FEI Young Horse classes. She was named Champion or Reserve Champion multiple times at the Regional Finals at the national and FEI levels on numerous horses and named to the United States Equestrian Team Developing Riders List. Also in 2006, Robert Dover selected JJ to compete on his “Dressage Idol” show, one of only six selected from hundreds of applicants, finishing first runner-up.
At the age of 18, JJ moved to Europe for two-and-a-half years to train with Gyula Dallos (World Cup and Olympic Competitor from Hungary) and spent several months in Hubertus Schmidt’s barn in Germany. She has also trained with Scott Hassler, Oded Shimoni, Conrad Schumacher, Gerhard Politz and Charles de Kunffy, her mentor. She was also selected to participate in the training sessions with U.S. Olympic coach, Klaus Balkenhol.
From 1999 to 2006, JJ trained horses and riders at Wyngate Dressage Center in Walworth, Wisconsin while wintering and showing in Wellington, Florida. Her FEI career developed on several horses, including the Elite Hanoverian Stallion, Donavan, and her current mount, Cambay, a Swedish Warmblood.
JJ was a member of the Region 2 Dressage Team at the North American Young Rider Championships in 1996, 1997, and in 1999 where she led the team to the Silver medal. She also participated in the Pan American Games Selection Trials and was the nation’s top young rider at Grand Prix in 1999.
JJ grew up in Wisconsin taking her first riding lesson at age seven and her first dressage lesson at nine. Currently, she has an active career training horses and students and splits her year between Maryland and Florida.