“Extreme talent, outstanding work ethic and the drive to win”
– Erik Duvander
HighPerformanceSportNZ Coach & Leader
Jesse’s passion and talent, coupled with his exemplifying Kiwi values of commitment to excellence, humble hard work and outright determination make this rising star a unique and compelling young man.
Jesse is a HighPerformanceSportNZ athlete & 4* Event rider
Young, talented and driven to succeed, at 21 Jesse became one of a small group of nine event riders selected onto the NZ Eventing High Performance Squad to be based in the UK. The squad included legends of the sport such as Sir Mark Todd and those at the forefront of Eventings future.
Soon after selection to this elite squad Jesse won his first European CCI 2* championship title closely followed by other UK and European wins, top 10 placings and invitations to compete against the world’s finest event riders and horses.
For 18 months Jesse worked as a rider for Andrew Nicholson. At 22 Jesse established his own competition yard in the picturesque Downs of Marlborough, here he has quickly established a reputation as a talented horseman of integrity with a skilled eye for selecting and producing top horses. After watching Jesse ride at Boekelo’s CCI3* Captain Mark Phillips wrote:
” The rider who caught my eye was New Zealand’s Jesse Campbell. He rode across the country with all the class trademarks that have stood Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson in good stead for so many years. He has not been in Europe long, but he will surely be a powerful addition to the kiwi team…” – Horse&Hound, November 2012
After Jesse’s double victory at Millstreet Drishane Castle International 2015 he was interviewed in the following link:
Jesse’s 4* debut in Luhmulhen saw him set a New Zealand record with his commanding 75.50% dressage which placed him on the first day one behind Germany’s double gold Olympic and World Champion, and .03 from Sir Mark. Jesse’s perfect cross-country saw him go on to win the Luhmuhlen Cross-Country prize for completing Captain Mark Phillips course bang on the optimum time.
Equestrian Sport New Zealand’s magazine reported on Luhmuhlen August 2015: ‘Jesse Campbell showed his talent during this event with his two horses. (Amsterdam competed double clear at his first 3*) The legendary Lucinda Green was one who was quick to congratulate the young rider after the cross country, telling him that – “You have a gift. You rode with beautiful hands, the best I saw all day”
Jesse went on to show his skill at Badminton 4* where commentator Carl Hester later wrote – “I bet the New Zealanders are very pleased to have the promising young Jesse Campbell in their camp” – Horse & Hound, May 2016
Jesse is internationally respected as a horseman of dedication and integrity with a depth of talent and ‘feel’ – his horses welfare and care always his first consideration.
Growing up in New Zealand
Jesse developed as a young rider in an environment renowned for its freedom and variety – riding over farmland, beaches, hunting, excelling at Pony Club and College Eventing, Show Jumping, Dressage and Games. He became a Champion Equitation rider and at 14 was selected onto the NZ Eventing senior Talent ID Squad.
From a young age Jesse was passionate, determined and hardworking. He pursued every window of opportunity from riding, breaking in horses and working beside senior riders for no financial reward – purely to gain experience and develop his skills.
Jesse attended St. Peter’s School Cambridge with a five year General Excellence Scholarship, winning numerous awards for leadership and sport that included: Year 11 Sportsman of the Year, Waikato Junior Sportsman of the Year, Trinity College Melbourne Exchange scholarship, a French Ussell Club rugby contract offer, Prefect, and the supreme NZ Prime Minister SPARC Future Champion award – the only NZ event rider to be presented with this award.
Developing NZ thoroughbred x-racehorses into eventers set Jesse up to ride with his trademark sensitivity and feel. He developed a number x-racehorses to international level: ‘Volitation’ to Advance and selection to represent New Zealand at the Trans-Tasman Eventing Championships. ‘Vincenzo’ to NZ Young Rider Dressage Championships – this Galileo thoroughbred went on to become New Zealand’s multi supreme Show Hack. ‘Kaapachino’ to consistent international competitor, 4* Eventer, New Zealand representation at Nations Cup championships, and helped qualify a New Zealand eventing team for 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Jesse also represented New Zealand in Australia, he and ex-racehorse ‘Confidential’ won gold in the Trans-Tasman Team championship.
Jesse’s passion, focus and work ethic saw him develop rapidly under the eye of Erik Duvander. He quickly progressed to be at 21 years of age the youngest rider selected to the team of nine riders on the High Performance NZ Eventing squad based in the United Kingdom.
Training with the Best
2009 Eventing legend Sir Mark Todd invites Jesse to UK to train with him for six months.
2010 Awarded NZ Prime Minister scholarship to travel and train in Sweden with Olympians, Lisen and Peder Fredrickson.
2010 – 2012 Invited to UK by Andrew Nicholson’s to be his rider. Jesse worked and trained with Andrew for 18 months in the lead up to the London Olympics.
2012 – 2015 Jesse established his own successful competition yard in Marlborough. As a NZ Eventing High Performance squad member he trains with
Erik Duvander – Team NZ & NZEHP coach and leader.
Isobel Wessels – Team NZ & NZEHP Dressage coach for Rio Olympic Games.
Grant Wilson – Show-jumping
Luis Alverez Cevera – Team NZ Show-Jumping coach for the Rio Olympic Games.
Options available to Owners and Riders
With University and NZCA Coaching and Sport Management qualifications Jesse’s depth of knowledge is grounded from training a wide range of horses and managing his high performance team, the welfare and care of his horses always his first consideration. Based at Woodlands Farm with extensive equine facilities including an all weather gallop, quality arena, walker and superb stabling – Jesse offers a range of services and skills to owners, and will tailor a program that is best suited to your horses individual needs.
- Coaching and development – from Grassroots to established riders, Jesse has an excellent rapport with people and horses and will guide you through a planned training program that achieves the best results.
- Competition riding – Jesse has a thorough understanding of a horses individual training and wellbeing requirements. If you enjoy owning a horse and require a professional rider to train and compete your horse – from Breaking In to 4Star – Contact Jesse to discuss your requirements.
- Hunter fitness and preparation – A professional event rider – Jesse has a thorough knowledge of fitness and impeccable turnout. Your hunter can be based with Jesse and his team for Short or Long Term Boutique Livery. Your will hunter will be fit and well prepared for a full day hunting. Contact Jesse to discuss your requirements, and arrange to visit Jesse at Woodlands Farm to meet the team that make up Jesse Campbell Eventing.
- Sales and Purchase – Jesse is well respected and has a wide network in the equestrian community. His horses have been bought by the world’s finest riders including William Fox Pitt and Matt Brown (USA Team). Jesse has an excellent eye for matching the right horse to rider and can help you make informed decisions with both sale and purchase.
Jesse has a strong ethic to ‘give back’ to his community. He has worked with community groups and committees to help further rider’s knowledge, access to facilities and competitions, and has contributed his time and coaching skills to help a young Waikato rider achieve a goal and claim double Gold medal success at the Special Olympics.
Jesse readily shares his knowledge to help young riders, he is known for his support to New Zealand riders during his annual trip home. In 2015 and again in 2016 he organised and extended generous training opportunities at his UK stables for young New Zealand riders wanting to develop their skills.
Jesse also initiated a pre- Christmas rugby match between the UK based International Eventers verses the Vets & Farriers, which rapidly gathered momentum – no doubt due to the fact no-one could remember the injuries they sustained when they last played. The game was a huge success for all, with Newbury Club donating their No.1 field. As well as having a fun filled day that brought the international equestrian community together in mid winter, the game raised awareness and funds for the Claire Lomas Foundation and the Injured Jockey Fund.