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INSIGHTS FROM YOUNG JUMPER CHAMPION REED KESSLER’S SUPPORT TEAM


ighteen-year-old Reed Kessler has recently stepped onto the world stage and has done it in dramatic fashion. History alleges that


she is the youngest individual ever named to the U.S. Olympic show jumping team. Although luck has certainly played a part, as it does with any successful athlete, Reed’s successful riding career is based on a series of deliberate choices, combined with innate talent, hard work and a fantastic support team. Reed’s 2012 successes with multiple horses


in prominent show jumping venues such as Wellington, Kentucky and Spruce Meadows along with her berth on the Olympic squad have put her in the spotlight with hoards of interviews, articles and multi-media attention. She is considered a role model for young jumpers everywhere. So, while Reed was in London preparing for her Olympic debut, we asked the members of her dynamic support team to share their insights into the molding of such a young champion.


Guidance & Sup ort Legendary international show jumper Katie


Shoultz Katie By


Monahan Prudent has played a pivotal role in Reed’s success as her trainer. Katie gained fame early in her career with wins in the Medal and Maclay Finals as a junior rider before entering into the international show jumping scene. She earned the American Grand Prix Association (AGA) Rider of the Year title three times in her career and was also a member of the 1986 World Championship show jumping team. Remaining an active competitor, portions of Katie’s career have, at times, made their way into such publications as The New York Times, which featured her in their sports section back in 1987. In the spring of this year, it was Reed’s turn to be featured in the famous newspaper with an article about her Olympic goals. This trainer/ student combination is formidable and Katie helps Reed hone the skills critical for this level of competition.


38 September/October 2012


Top: Reed Kessler and Cylana at the 2012 Olympics during their vet inspection. Middle: Katie Prudent and Reed Kessler in March 2012 discuss the course for the fi rst of two rounds on Day 2 at the Olympic Trials in Wellington, FL. Bottom: Hometown pride: This sign hangs in Lexington, KY near the Kessler’s new home base.


Photo by Kim MacMillan / MacMillan Photography


Photo by Selena Frederick / Cheval Photos


Photo by Katie Shoultz


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