Life is a journey
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl
It’s hard to believe, but I had my first riding lesson when I was four. My brother Benjamin was six at the time and that really made me want to ride. We must have caught a very serious case of horse fever because to this day we would still rather be in the stables than anywhere else.
My parents gave me my first horse when I was seven. „Little Girl“ was a Lewitzer pony and one thousand times more interesting than all the Barbies in the world. Benni and I have Paul Elzenbaumer to thank for the beginning basics of riding. From 1995 to 2007, Stephan Münch led us on the way from E level to Grand Prix. These eleven years were unbelievably rich with learning, so much fun and always exciting.
|A German riding pony, “Nino the Champ” became an important four-legged Partner for me. With Nino, I started to discover the world of Dressage. He lived up to his name. In 1998 and 1999 we qualified for the finals at the German “Bundeschampionat” in Warendorf. That was the first time I felt what it meant to ride in a big championship and it made me want more…
After I transitioned to riding big horses, when I was 15, I qualified for the top three straightaway with Nokturn at the “Preis der Besten” in Warendorf. Then I was so nervous at the second qualification for the European Championships, that I promptly rode the wrong way twice. In the twelfth (and last place), I obviously didn’t get the nomination for the Europeans. At that time I realized how important it is to have good nerves. Since then, mental training, breathing and concentration practice have been a regular part of my schedule.
In 2002, just one year later, my dream to go the Europeans came true. By 2005 Bonito and Duchess helped me to earn six gold and two silver medals at the European Championships. During that time, we also managed to win three German national titles.
In 2006, Duchess and I worked our way up into the Grand Prix level. My brother Benni had his first Grand Prix experience with Duke and Sam.
|It was our goal to establish ourselves in the Grand Prix level with young horses that we had trained ourselves… A very long journey. We were very lucky that Isabell Werth worked with us for five years and gave us essential tips along the way. Isabell , the most successful dressage rider ever, also brought us together with Jonny Hilberath. My brother and I have been working with him since 2011. We’ve also had the advantage of ongoing training sessions with Andreas Hausberger, one of the head riders of the Spanish riding school in Vienna.
Motivating young horses and supporting them in their development brings me a lot of joy. It’s even nicer when the horses give something back and we find success together.In 2012, Unee, a handsome black stallion, owned by Beatrice Bürchler-Keller, came into my life. Weve become a team and have developed a lot since our first successes in regional tournaments. In the meantime we made our way into the International scene and have begun to be noticed. It feels like there is still always room for improvement, and I am excited to see how far we can push ourselves.
The most amazing part of it all, is that I am able to do, everyday, what I love the most: to live with horses, to learn from them and to have fun together.
It's a team game
3rd World Cup Gothenburg (SWE) Unee
2nd GP and GP Special CDI Dortmund (GER) Zaire
3rd place World Cup S´Hertogenbosch (NED) Zaire
2nd World Cup Amsterdam (NL) Unee
2nd World Cup Neumünster (GER) Unee
2nd GP CDI Doha (QA) Zaire
3rd World Cup Finals Gothenborg (SWE) Unee
2nd GP CDI Aachen (GER) Unee
2nd GP and GP Special CDI Fritzens (AUT) Zaire
3rd World Cup Lyon (FRA) Zaire
3rd World Cup Salzburg (AUT) Unee
3rd World Cup Amsterdam (NL) Unee
1st World Cup Göteborg (SWE) Unee
3rd World Cup Final Las Vegas (USA) Unee
3rd German Championchips Special & Freestyle
1st Nationscup Hagen (GER) Unee
3rd European Championships Aachen (GER) Team Unee
7th European Championships Aachen (GER) Individual Unee
3rd World Cup Neumünster (GER) Unee
1st World Cup Göteborg (SWE) Unee
7th World Cup Final Lyon (FRA) Unee
3rd German Championchips Balve (GER) Unee
1st GP Aachen (GER) Unee
2nd GP Special Aachen (GER) Unee
1st GP Special Donaueschingen (GER) Unee
1st World Cup Kaposvár (HUN) Unee
1st GP and GP Special Kaposvár (HUN) Zaire
1st GP and Freestyle Munich (GER) Unee
2nd World Cup Stuttgart (GER) Unee
3rd World Cup Lonon (GBR) Unee
Qualified for the Luisdor-Final with Zaire
Winner of the “Otto Lörke-Award” Zaire
Alternate rider for the WEG Caen (FRA) Unee
Qualified for the Louisdor Final with Waterkant & Redford
Qualified for the “Bundeschampionat” (Redford, Landliebe,
Renommée, Waterkant & Royal Spirit)
Finalist at the World Championchips for YH (Redford)
1st at the final of “Stars von Morgen” (Unee)
Longlisted for the European Championchips with Unee
First worldcup placings
6 Goldmedals at European Championships Jun/YR Individual & Team
3 time German Champion Jun/YR