We pulled sponsored rider International Show Jumper Jess Dimmock away from her hectic schedule to answer some of our questions and give you all the chance to get to know her a little more! Enjoy!
Hi Jess, I am so happy that we are now working together! How do you feel about being a sponsored rider?
I am really excited to be part of a new, up and coming clothing brand.
Great to hear! I am sure our readers would love to know how you first got in
volved in horse riding.
I haven’t been brought up in a particularly horsey family, I went to a local riding school with my friend when I was 10 years old, it soon escalated from there and I have never looked back!
That will be very inspiring to a lot of young riders that started riding around a similar age too I bet you haven’t! You had such an amazing time last year, to what do you owe you success?
Last year was the most successful year of my career to date. I think it’s important to have achievable goals in place as it gives you motivation and something to work towards. And of course to my amazing horses, without them I wouldn’t have achieved any of it.
Last year my main goal was to be selected to jump for Great Britain on a Senior Nations cup team which I achieved.
I owe it all to the great team behind me, team work really does make the dream work!
I never anticipated any of which I have achieved so early in my career, but I do believe that hard work and determination gets you a long way!
I completely agree, hard work and determination is everything. You have achieved a lot for your age… What is your biggest achievement to date?
For my biggest achievement to date it is hard to pick a single one out.
Winning the National Young Riders Championship at HOYS and Olympia with Capello was a dream come true.
And jumping on my first Senior Nations Cup Team was a long term goal that I achieved last year with Cybel.
It is a very hard sport that I devote my whole life to so achieving these results makes all the long days and hours that I put into the horses very worthwhile.
Clearly your hard working is paying off! Who do you currently train with and why? How do you think having a good relationship with your mentor affects your riding?
I currently train with Tim Stockdale, I have trained with him since the start of my career when I was sixteen years old.
He has been and continues to be a massive influence on my career.
Having someone that you trust and can turn to for advice is very important no matter what stage you are at.
That must be great to train with Tim Stockdale, somebody who is both inspiring and supportive. Everybody can have a bad day in the saddle or out competing. If it all goes wrong for you what do you do? Do you ever get nervous?
Horses are great levellers, I always remind myself that they are animals and not machines. Everybody is entitled to have a bad day, it just makes you appreciate the good days even more!
If I have one bad round on one horse I don’t let it affect how I ride my next horse, it is very important to put it behind you and move on. Competing in this sport makes you very mentally strong!
I do still get nervous for big events, I think that’s it’s only human to get nervous. I don’t let it affect how I ride, I just remain confident and have a clear plan as to how I am going to ride the course.
I think that is great advice to any of our readers who encounter nerves when riding. You are currently competing abroad, what are your hopes for the season ahead? Any horses you are particularly excited about?
Since the start of the year I have sold my two best horses, so my plans have slightly changed. I am currently looking for my future superstar but in the mean time I have a yard of lovely young horses.
My favourite being Billy Fleance, she is seven years old and my aim with her is to qualify her for the Foxhunter Final at Horse Of the Year Show this year.
I have a couple of international 2* shows planned in Europe during May before returning to England in June for Bolesworth International, my favourite show of the year and in my opinion one of the best shows we have in England.
Lots of exciting things to come then! What is important to you when choosing riding clothing? Do you focus on one thing such as style or fit? Or is there a combination of things you look for?
When I chose riding clothing I like it to be fashionable, a good quality and hard wearing. I ride a minimum of six horses a day so the clothing needs to be able to hold up to the work!
How would you define your own personal style?
I like it to be fitted and smart, I pride myself on always being smart and professional whether I am at home or out teaching or competing.
I am particularly partial to a little bit of subtle sparkle!! I would say my style, is stylish, sophisticated and smart.
We pride ourselves on the details that go into our products. So far what would you say is your favourite LDE product and why?
My favourite LDE product is the leggings. They are so comfy, very flattering and smart.
If you could summarise LDE in three words what would they be?
I would summarise LDE as. Smart, affordable and fashionable!
Aw thank you! Tell us a little bit more about what you do outside of the yard? Where can we find you? Do you have any other hobbies?
I am very sporty, I love most sports. I used to run to a national standard and play tennis competitively but unfortunately this is something I have had to sacrifice for my riding as I just don’t had the time. Although I do make sure I go to the gym at least a couple of times a week.
Thank you so much for taking the time out to answer our questions Jess, we wish you all the best for the rest of the year and are excited to be supporting you throughout it.
You can follow Jess and stay up to date with her latest success via her Facebook page right here.
Much Love x