J.J. Tate

A talented Grand Prix and FEI Young Horse competitor, Jessica Jo (JJ) Tate has earned her United States Dressage Federation Bronze, Silver and Gold medals. She’s competed eleven horses at FEI (four of which were at Grand Prix) and finished in the top rankings in numerous regional and national titles.
JJ grew up in Wisconsin taking her first riding lesson at age seven and her first dressage lesson at nine. She was a member of the USDF Region 2 Dressage Team at the North American Young Rider Championships in 1996, 1997, and in 1999 where she led the team to the Silver medal. She also participated in the Pan American Games Selection Trials and was the nation’s top young rider at Grand Prix in 1999. At the age of 18, JJ moved to Europe for two-and-a-half years to train with Gyula Dallos (World Cup and Olympic competitor from Hungary).
From 1999 to 2006, JJ trained horses and riders at Wyngate Dressage Center in Walworth, Wisconsin while wintering and showing in Wellington, Florida. Her FEI career developed on several horses, including the Elite Hanoverian Stallion, Donavan, and Cambay, a Swedish Warmblood.
In 2006, JJ took first place in the Grand Prix Special and was FEI High Point Champion at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida with Cambay. She and Cambay were also World Cup finalists, and were long-listed for the World Equestrian Games. That same year, JJ placed in the top at Dressage at Devon in both the Grand Prix and in the FEI Young Horse classes. She was named Champion or Reserve Champion multiple times at the USDF Regional Finals at the national and FEI levels on numerous horses, and named to the United States Equestrian Team Developing Riders List. JJ was also selected to compete on Robert Dover’s “Dressage Idol” show, one of only six selected from hundreds of applicants. She finished as first runner-up.
Among her many accomplishments, JJ is especially proud of representing the United States in the World Breeding Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany in August 2007. JJ and Donnermuth finished seventh in the Small Final, the highest of all U.S. riders. JJ’s ultimate goal is to represent her country as a member of the United States Olympic Team.
In addition to her extensive competition experience, JJ spent several months in Hubertus Schmidt’s barn in Germany and has also trained with Steffen Peters, Scott Hassler, Oded Shimoni, Conrad Schumacher, Gerhard Politz, Walter Zettl and Charles de Kunffy, her mentor. She was also selected to participate in the training sessions with U.S. Olympic coach, Klaus Balkenhol.
Currently, she has an active career training horses and students. She is also a noted clinician, and travels throughout the United States. She splits her year between Maryland and Florida.