Charlie Jayne grew up on his family’s farm outside of Chicago and horses have always been part of his life. Along with his parents, Alex and Linda, and his sisters, Maggie and Haylie, the Jayne family runs the definition of a family business.
Jayne won the USET Maxine Beard Award in 2006, which recognizes accomplishment by an up-and-coming show jumper. He also won the USEF Talent Search Finals – East that year. In 2007, the successful junior rider made the transition into the senior ranks and at the age of 20 represented the United States on the Gold medal-winning Team at CSIO Buenos Aires with Urbanus.
Jayne was named to the USEF Show Jumping Short List for the 2008 Olympic Games with Urbanus after an impressive performance at the 2008 USEF Selection Trials for Show Jumping. He then represented the U.S. in the first three Samsung Super Leagues with the FEI Nations Cup Team in Europe, turning in consistent results.
In 2009, Jayne and Urbanus were part of the U.S. effort on Tour Three of the Meydan FEI Nations Cup. While in Europe, Jayne and Urbanus were second in the Grand Prix of Dublin. Jayne finished off the 2009 season on a high note, winning the $25,000 Spy Coast/Sweet Oak Farm Grand Prix on Sampras.
Jayne finished off his strong 2010 campaign by collecting top placings with Athena in the fall. They were winners of the $125,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix in Saugerties. Three weeks later, the pair was a credible second behind McLain Ward and Sapphire in the $1 Million Pfizer Grand Prix.
In 2011, Jayne began the season jumping with strong performances on both U.S. coasts. On the HITS circuit at Thermal, Jayne and Athena won the $31,000 HITS Welcome Classic in early February. Over the summer, Jayne and Athena competed on the U.S. team at FEI Nations Cup stops in La Baule, Rome, and St. Gallen.
in 2012, Jayne and Chill R Z proved to be a force to be reckoned with at the Devon U.S. Show Jumping Team Observation Events. starting out with a third-place finish in the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, then winning the $50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake two days later. Jayne traveled to London with Chill R Z as the reserve rider for the U.S. team at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Upon returning to the U.S., the pair finished second in the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix. They had another second-place finish at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in the $40,000 PA Big Jump.
Jayne began 2013 on a high note with a third-place finish in the $100,000 Trump Invitational CSI2* Grand Prix on Waldman Z. He then traveled to Gothenburg, Sweden, to compete in his third consecutive Rolex/FEI World Cup Final. Heading to Spruce Meadows for the CSI5* ‘Pan American’ Tournament, Jayne and Chill R Z finished fourth in the fourth in the $33,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup. The pair returned to the states and won the $75,000 Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Jayne and Chill R Z had a solid performance at the American Gold Cup, finishing in fourth place in the feature Grand Prix. They were then just shy of a win, coming in second in the New Albany Classic International Grand Prix CSI2*. During the fall indoor competition season, Jayne and Chill R Z earned two fifth-place finishes, in the $125,000 President’s Cup at the Washington International Horse Show and in the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix during the Alltech National Horse Show.
Jayne began his 2014 season at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), kicking things off with a fourth-place finish in the $370,000 CSI5*-W FEI World Cup presented by Rolex with Chill R Z. The pair spent much of the late spring and summer competing outside of the United States and earning top results. At the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Scotiabank at Spruce Meadows CSIO5* ‘Continental’ Tournament, they were the only combination to jump double-clear. In August, Jayne and Chill R Z jumped in the lead-off spot for the U.S. at CSIO5* Dublin’s Furusiyya FEI Nations presented by Longines, again producing a double-clear helping the United States to earn victory. Returning to the states, the pair was fourth in the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII. With Valeska, Jayne was second in the inaugural $210,000 Central Park Grand Prix CSI3*, presented by Rolex.
Jayne’s 2015 season started off with a win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix with Playboy at the HITS Ocala January Classic. He and Valeska were third in the $127,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Round IX during week nine of the WEF. Heading to the West Coast, Jayne and Chill R Z were third in the $1 Million AIG Grand Prix at the HITS Thermal Desert Circuit VIII. Returning to the East Coast, Jayne scored the biggest win of his career in the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix with Chill R Z. Jayne then rode Valeska to a second-place finish in the $85,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI2* at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. During week eight of the Tryon Spring show series, he and Chill R Z were third in the $210,000 Tryon Grand Prix CSI4*. With Playboy, Jayne was second in the $50,000 Win Vision Grand Prix during the Showplace Spring Spectacular II.
Jayne graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., in May 2008 with a degree in Business Management. Despite all of the awards he has picked up over the years, he considers the fact that he was able to ride full-time and graduate in five years to be his greatest accomplishment.