Junior Great Britain Dressage team member, Jessica McConkey has just joined MicroPerformance+ as a brand advocate, and we are very pleased to have her on board. Although Jessica is pretty much at the start of her journey, this is what she had to say about her experiences so far and expectations moving forward:
“I first started riding when I was 4 and used to just love ‘hacking out’. My passion for competition really took off when I was 11 with a hat-trick at the children and thanes championships, prelim & novice, on my little 12 hand pony Maggie Mae. Initially I had the bug for both eventing and dressage. I had some great fun eventing on a gorgeous coloured 14 hand pony called Danny. When I was 13 we competed at BE100, before realising I really loved the power and control of dressage.”
“I really started specialising on dressage when I was 13 with my German pony Holsteins Derwisch (Wisch). We gained our first international experience at Keysoe in 2016 and later that season travelled to Belgium for our first overseas international. Apart from representing Great Britain the highlight of my time with Wisch was winning the pony FEI team test and being placed second in the individual test at the Somerford Premier League that year.”
“It is in moving up to juniors with my Danish warm blood Lady Gaga that I have begun to enjoy some successes I had only dreamed of. My new partner in crime, aka Millie, also made her FEI international debut at Keysoe in 2018. We have been growing together as a combination ever since, culminating in selection for the European championship at Fontainebleau in our first full international season. Nothing beats the experience of representing Great Britain in a team environment at such a prestigious event. I loved supporting my teammates and they played a huge part helping me to a PB in the most intensely competitive arena.”
Looking forward to the new season, Jessica explains: “I am really excited to have started bringing on future prospect 6 year old Classic Nona with my trainer Gareth Hughes. While with Millie we have picked up where we left off last year. We have followed a first international victory at Waregem with another PB at Aachen. It’s still early in the season but we are working really hard towards going even further, if selected, in this year’s European championships in Italy.”
“I am looking forward to working with MP+, and by using some of their engineered products, I am sure we can push on and benefit from the unique feature that they offer in order to enhance our performances.