Two-time Olympian and five-time Pan Am medallist Jessica Phoenix of Uxbridge, ON, is Canada’s top-ranked eventer (currently 60th in the FEI rankings). Top achievements include individual gold and team silver medals at the 2011 Guadalajara Pan Am Games, and individual silver and team medals at the 2015 Toronto Games with Pavarotti. Jessica competes a large string of talented horses from low levels through advanced, many owned by Schickedanz Galten Farms and sporting the GS suffix. She is also a successful coach whose students include international CCI** competitor Hanna Bundy and her groom Jamie Kellock, who has competed up to 3* in Canada and the US with Summer Bay. The book RISE: The Jessica Phoenix Story, written by her sister Julie Fitz-Gerald, is an inspirational account of her trials and triumphs and how she pushed through with determination, confidence, and grace. Jessica is also a sought-after inspirational speaker and busy mom of two.
“My big goal is to compete for Canada at the Tokyo Olympics and be in medal contention. My other focus is on developing my younger horses to be future team candidates, and coaching my students to achieve their goals.
“In the fall, Julie and I will fire up our RISE School Tour and spread our message of perseverance, determination and courage to youth across the country. We’ve reached over 7,000 students and hope to bring that to 10,000 this year. The message is so important and applies to any age: Never. Give. Up.”
“In 10 years I hope to have achieved medals at the Olympics and World Equestrian Games, and to have coached my students to the national team level. To stand next to them on a podium would be a dream come true. I want to see Canada on top!”