Jessica Dries

 

Jessica's story:

"My name is Jessica Dries and I’m twenty years old. I’m an equestrian rider from Nottingham. This is my story.

At the age of seven I developed a genetic eye condition called Macular Dystrophy for which there is no cure or correction. I am unable to lead a normal life… but I can ride horses!

Having started riding when I was three, I went on to have lessons locally before studying equestrian sport at Brooksby Melton College in 2012. Since then, I have gained many more equine qualifications.

I have a passion for show jumping and have joined the Great British Paralympic Show Jumping Team. This enables me to compete against other visually impaired show jumpers.

I recently competed at Bolesworth International Dressage and won my Grade 4 Paralympic class! It was undoubtedly the proudest moment of my life.

My horses and riding are my world; the main focus in my life. I have two of my own who I have re-trained from ex-race horses to competition horses. With huge ambitions to get to the top in both Paralympic Show Jumping and Dressage, I want to inspire and encourage other visually impaired athletes to get out there and enjoy sport as much as I do."