DIDN’T KNOW JESSE

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Another change has seen him take a slight raincheck on buy­ing thor­ough­breds.

“It’s hard to find a re­ally good one. I had a good four-year-old ar­rive the other day and I en­joy rid­ing them, but it’s re­ally hard to find the ones that will jump clear on the last day,” says Jesse, who kick started his ca­reer with TBS fresh from the race­track. These in­cluded Voli­ta­tion, whose ex­tra­or­di­nary jump prompted Ezra to give him a name that meant ‘the abil­ity to fly’.

Trag­i­cally, Voli­ta­tion was killed con­test­ing the NZ Young Rider Champs over a new course at Puke­marama, when the newly-con­structed bank gave way un­der his hooves. It was the first in a long line of set­backs for the now 25-year-old rider.

“I thought I would have nailed it a lot sooner,” says Jesse, re­fer­ring to the in­ter­minable road to the sport’s pin­na­cle. “But I be­lieve that I’m good enough. I’m not good enough to do any­thing else, which is why I have to keep go­ing,” he adds. Clearly his mojo has re­turned.

He fol­lows a lot of Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret mod­els on In­sta­gram. He turned down a pro­fes­sional rugby con­tract to play in France as a teenager to con­cen­trate on rid­ing.

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