New easibed dressage ambassador Jessie Kirby started riding at the age of seven doing all the Pony Club events including camp with a naughty pony called Banjo. Then at nine years old she got Mojo which was when the dressage bug started. Mojo and Jessie qualified for Pony Club Championships and at 9 years old Jessie was the youngest competitor and had great success being placed. Aged 12, Jessie teamed up with Grayswood Orlando on which Jessie went on to represent GB at many internationals in the UK and Europe.
Jessie now 16 years old has been using easibed for about seven years, before she was previously using a shavings product but found it too dusty. “As we became more serious and our dressage horses improved, we knew we would have to get better bedding, that’s when we asked our local retailer Equestrian World in Henley on Thames and they recommended easibed – we haven’t looked back. The major benefits are being dust free and supportive and it’s great that it doesn’t move around especially with the bigger horses.”
Now a Prime Squad rider and having moved from ponies to horses, Jessie has the benefit of Team Trainer Paul Fielder and Charlotte Dujuardin as well as training at home with Giles Carradine. She has two horses, Belle who is a Rubinstein beauty and Casper a younger horse by Apache. So a very exciting future ahead just the dreaded GCSE exams to get out of the way first. “I’m so busy with school and competing, easibed saves me time mucking out and there’s much less waste for the muck heap.”
Jessie has just learnt that she has been longlisted for the Europeans, a very exciting prospect especially being so young. She also has several competitions coming up including Somerford Premier League where the selectors will be viewing closely. “Belle has really exceeded all my expectations, is growing with confidence and I hope to compete internationally very soon,” said Jessie.
“It’s great to now be on board with easibed having used and loved the bedding for so long, I have many great sponsors who are supporting me on my journey. I’ve never had particularly easy ponies or horses, which has meant I have had to learn and try harder; but that’s what I love.”
We’ll get updates from Jessie throughout her season, so keep watching the easibed page.