A Royal Veterinary College student was part of the British university equestrian team that scooped gold in an international equine event.
The cup had not been won by a British team in a decade. The world finals have two leagues – gold and silver – with nations gaining points during the year in student riding Nations Cup events.
The top six countries then compete in the gold league, while the remaining countries compete in the silver league. Jess was on team GB with Lauren Innes from the University of Reading and Lottie Kennedy from the University of Birmingham.
Winning the gold league, Team GB pipped 2013 world champions Ireland to the top spot, with Belgium finishing in third place. This victory propelled Britain from third in the yearly rankings to first, allowing it to scoop the President’s Cup.
Jess, who is on the fourth year of a BVetMed degree, received a travel grant from the Animal Care Trust (ACT), which is the RVC’s registered charity.
ACT raises funds to support the college’s wide range of activities aimed at improving animal health and care. It backs the RVC’s commitment to excellence in veterinary education, research and the development of hospital facilities.
Commenting on the success of her team, Jess said: “Our team gold medal and finally winning the President’s Cup for Great Britain topped off an absolutely incredible week of top level competition, which was only made possible by the generous support of the ACT and the travel grant.
“Without the help of the ACT I quite simply wouldn’t have been able to make the trip. It was an experience I’m unlikely to be able to repeat – the opportunity to represent my country is what every sportsperson dreams of.”
The competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Centre was hosted by the American Student Rider Organisation. It took place between December 30 and January 1.