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PHOENIX Jessica
Sport Dressage, Eventing
NOC Canada   
GenderFemale
Born16 Oct 1983 in Uxbridge, CAN
Height1.57 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Toronto, ON, CAN
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team Phoenix Equestrian Team: Toronto, ON, CAN
Further Personal Information
Higher education Business Administration - Durham College: Uxbridge, ON, CAN
General Interest
Awards and honours In 2014 she was named Leading Lady Rider in Ontario, Canada. (eventingconnect.today, 07 Jan 2015)

She was named Equestrian of the Year at the 2012 Equine Canada Annual Awards. (horse-canada.com, 06 Feb 2012)
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She received a pony for her first birthday. She began riding Western saddle before moving on to eventing at age 11 and winning her first major competition at age 13.
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner, Coach, Horse Trainer
General Interest
Other information STABLES
She owns Phoenix Equestrian in Ontario, Canada, where she coaches riders and also trains and trades horses for eventing. "In 10 years [speaking in 2020] I hope to have coached my students to the national team level. To stand next to them on a podium would be a dream come true. I want to see Canada on top." (jessicaphoenix.ca, 29 Jul 2021; horsesport.com, 11 May 2020)

TOKYO WITHDRAWAL
She withdrew from the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo due to a minor injury her horse Pavarotti sustained during a preparation gallop in July 2021. "While I am devastated that Rotti will not get to compete and show his talent on the world stage, I am thankful that he will be back to his usual self soon." (jessicaphoenix.ca, 29 Jul 2021; horseandhound.co.uk, 29 Jul 2021; equestrian.ca, 28 Jul 2021)

2016 OLYMPIC SELECTION
She was originally chosen as a reserve rider for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but appealed against Canadian team selector Clayton Fredericks' decision. The Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada [SDRCC] investigated the case and ruled that Fredericks had failed to adhere to Equestrian Canada's selection criteria. The SDRCC also deemed that Phoenix's overall results warranted her a place at the Games. She replaced fellow rider Kathryn Robinson, who would later regain her place in the team due to the withdrawal of Selena O'Hanlon. (equnews.com, 26 Oct 2016; horse-canada.com, 29 Jul 2016; eventingnation.com, 25 Jul 2016)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2017 the book 'Rise: The Jessica Phoenix Story' was released. It was written by her sister Julie Fitz-Gerald, who is a journalist and author, and follows her equestrian career and return from serious injury at the 2015 Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event in Allentown, NJ, United States of America. She was also the inspiration for the 2017 song 'Rise' by country musician Elyse Saunders, which is based on her comeback from the same accident. In 2020 she was featured as an equestrian mentor in 'All-Round Champion', a North American television series in which 10 young athletes compete in a variety of sporting challenges. (jessicaphoenix.ca, 22 Apr 2020; thebrockvoice.com, 10 Nov 2017; heelsdownmag.com, 04 May 2017)
Further Personal Information
Other names Jessica Ferguson
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? She grew up around horses at her family's farm in Uxbridge, ON, Canada. "Growing up, I had a dream to ride horses at the highest level possible. My parents would go to the local sale barn. I started doing Western discipline, and then one of my really good friends said, 'You have to come over and try this jumping with me'. So I took my Western horse over for a cross-country lesson, changed saddles, and I was hooked. Honestly after I did that first jumping lesson I immediately knew that it was what I wanted to spend my life doing. I didn't think I really knew the difference between eventing and what other equestrian disciplines there were, but when you were out cross-country just galloping on the fields, jumping those natural fences, that was what really attracted me to eventing."
Further Personal Information
Languages English
Last Update
  19 Apr 2022
General Interest
Nicknames Jessie, Wonder Woman (horse-canada.com, 04 Jun 2018; eventingnation,com, 11 Jan 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Don't rush things. Sometimes it will feel like your peers may be passing you by, but don't get discouraged. Stay focused, put in the work, and your time will come." (womenofinfluence.ca, 05 Jan 2019)
Injuries In May 2015 she spent 13 days in hospital after falling at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event in Allentown, NJ, United States of America. She required surgery on her liver, and also broke three ribs and the sacrum bone at the base of her spine. (eventingconnect.today, 21 May 2015)

She broke her left collarbone in 2012 after falling at a competition in Beaumont, AB, Canada. She had surgery on the injury and was still able to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London later that year. (100huntley YouTube channel, 31 Jul 2012)
Most influential person in career Her husband Joel. (horse-canada.com, 01 Jun 2016)
Hobbies Playing table tennis, camping. (healthyishott.com, 12 Jun 2019; womenofinfluence.ca, 05 Jan 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning individual gold at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (womenofinfluence.ca, 05 Jan 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She uses visualisation to go through her rides before competing, and often photographs the jumps to aid in her visualisation process. (useventing.com, 20 Oct 2020)
Other sports She has competed in equestrian jumping at elite level. (FEI, 24 Sep 2022)

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-C London (GBR) EXPONENTIAL 22 13
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 6th WEG-C Lexington KY (USA) EXPONENTIAL WD  
Continental Championships and Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2011 Pan-Am Games-CCI2* Guadalajara (MEX) PAVAROTTI 1 2
2007 Pan-Am Games-C3* Rio de Janeiro RJ (BRA) EXPLORING 12  
Other Events
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) EXPONENTIAL WD  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) EXPONENTIAL 7  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) EXPONENTIAL 35  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) EXPLORING RET  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
06.06.2014 to 09.06.2014 CCI3* Bromont QC (CAN)   A LITTLE ROMANCE 1  
06.06.2014 to 09.06.2014 CCI3* Bromont QC (CAN)   ABBEY GS RET  
06.06.2014 to 09.06.2014 CIC3* Bromont QC (CAN)   PAVAROTTI RET  
17.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CIC2* Orangeville ON (CAN)   ABBEY GS 1  
17.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CIC1* Orangeville ON (CAN)   GODIVA GS 1  
17.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CIC2* Orangeville ON (CAN)   EXULTATION 2  
17.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CIC2* Orangeville ON (CAN)   EXECUTIVE DECISION 11  
17.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CIC1* Orangeville ON (CAN)   MASERATI ONE RET  
07.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CIC3* Allentown NJ (USA)   PAVAROTTI 8  
07.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CIC3* Allentown NJ (USA)   A LITTLE ROMANCE 12  
07.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CCI3* Allentown NJ (USA)   ABBEY GS RET  
24.04.2014 to 27.04.2014 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA)   PAVAROTTI WD  
10.04.2014 to 13.04.2014 CCI1* Ocala, Florida Horse Park FL (USA)   BENTLEY'S BEST 1  
10.04.2014 to 13.04.2014 CCI2* Ocala, Florida Horse Park FL (USA)   EXTRAORDINAIRE 14  
10.04.2014 to 13.04.2014 CCI1* Ocala, Florida Horse Park FL (USA)   GODIVA GS 22  
10.04.2014 to 13.04.2014 CCI1* Ocala, Florida Horse Park FL (USA)   MASERATI ONE WD  
10.04.2014 to 13.04.2014 CCI2* Ocala, Florida Horse Park FL (USA)   EXULTATION EL  
02.04.2014 to 06.04.2014 CIC3* Norwood NC (USA)   PATRAS VR 10  
02.04.2014 to 06.04.2014 CIC3* Norwood NC (USA)   ABBEY GS 25  
02.04.2014 to 06.04.2014 CIC3* Norwood NC (USA)   A LITTLE ROMANCE 36  
20.03.2014 to 23.03.2014 CIC3* Hamilton GA (USA)   PATRAS VR 1  
20.03.2014 to 23.03.2014 CIC3* Hamilton GA (USA)   EXPONENTIAL 3  
20.03.2014 to 23.03.2014 CIC3* Hamilton GA (USA)   ABBEY GS 6  
20.03.2014 to 23.03.2014 CIC2* Hamilton GA (USA)   EXULTATION 13  
20.03.2014 to 23.03.2014 CIC3* Hamilton GA (USA)   A LITTLE ROMANCE RET  
05.03.2014 to 09.03.2014 CIC3* Tallahassee FL (USA)   PATRAS VR 10  
05.03.2014 to 09.03.2014 CIC3* Tallahassee FL (USA)   ABBEY GS 14  
05.03.2014 to 09.03.2014 CIC3* Tallahassee FL (USA)   EXPONENTIAL WD  
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CCI3* Blenheim (GBR)   PAVAROTTI 10  
21.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 CIC3* Le Pin au Haras (FRA)   PAVAROTTI 17  
15.08.2013 to 18.08.2013 CCI2* Le Pin au Haras (FRA)   A LITTLE ROMANCE 26  
13.07.2013 to 14.07.2013 CIC1* Orangeville ON (CAN)   MASERATI ONE 4  
13.07.2013 to 14.07.2013 CIC1* Orangeville ON (CAN)   EXULTATION 5  
13.07.2013 to 14.07.2013 CIC2* Orangeville ON (CAN)   EXTRAORDINAIRE 6  
13.07.2013 to 14.07.2013 CIC2* Orangeville ON (CAN)   EXECUTIVE DECISION 7  
29.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CIC2* Port Perry ON (CAN)   A LITTLE ROMANCE 1  
29.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CIC1* Port Perry ON (CAN)   EXULTATION 2  
29.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CIC1* Port Perry ON (CAN)   MASERATI ONE 3  
29.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CIC2* Port Perry ON (CAN)   EXECUTIVE DECISION WD  
29.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CIC2* Port Perry ON (CAN)   EXTRAORDINAIRE RET  
06.06.2013 to 09.06.2013 CIC3* Bromont QC (CAN)   PAVAROTTI 2  
06.06.2013 to 09.06.2013 CCI2* Bromont QC (CAN)   ABBEY GS 10  
06.06.2013 to 09.06.2013 CCI2* Bromont QC (CAN)   EXTRAORDINAIRE RET  
08.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CCI3* Allentown NJ (USA)   EXPONENTIAL 1  
08.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CCI3* Allentown NJ (USA)   ERODIUM 8  
08.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC2* Allentown NJ (USA)   ABBEY GS 15  
08.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC2* Allentown NJ (USA)   EXTRAORDINAIRE 16  
08.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC3* Allentown NJ (USA)   PAVAROTTI RET  
24.04.2013 to 28.04.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA)   EXPONENTIAL WD  
11.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 CCI2* Ocala, Florida Horse Park FL (USA)   ERODIUM 3  
11.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 CCI2* Ocala, Florida Horse Park FL (USA)   PATRAS VR 5  
11.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 CCI2* Ocala, Florida Horse Park FL (USA)   A LITTLE ROMANCE 9  
11.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 CCI2* Ocala, Florida Horse Park FL (USA)   EXECUTIVE DECISION 20  
04.04.2013 to 07.04.2013 CIC3* Norwood NC (USA)   EXPONENTIAL 6  
04.04.2013 to 07.04.2013 CIC3* Norwood NC (USA)   PATRAS VR RET  
21.03.2013 to 24.03.2013 CIC2* Hamilton GA (USA)   A LITTLE ROMANCE 5  
21.03.2013 to 24.03.2013 CIC2* Hamilton GA (USA)   EXECUTIVE DECISION 11  
07.03.2013 to 10.03.2013 CIC2* Tallahassee FL (USA)   A LITTLE ROMANCE 8  
07.03.2013 to 10.03.2013 CIC3* Tallahassee FL (USA)   ERODIUM 14  
07.03.2013 to 10.03.2013 CIC3* Tallahassee FL (USA)   PATRAS VR 27  
07.03.2013 to 10.03.2013 CIC2* Tallahassee FL (USA)   EXECUTIVE DECISION WD  
28.07.2012 to 09.08.2012 Olympic Games-C London (GBR)   EXPONENTIAL   13
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal






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