Reed Kessler had a largely successful Junior and Young Rider career and has gone on to find the same success at the top level of the sport. In 2010, she was on the Bronze medal-winning team at the 2010 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North with Mika, where they also finished fourth individually. In December, the pair traveled to Paris to compete at the Gucci Masters, winning the Land Rover Grand Prix. In 2011, Kessler earned valuable experience competing on the European Young Riders Tour.
2012 was Kessler’s breakout year. In her first year of eligibility to compete in the senior ranks, she tied with legendary Margie Engle to share the 2012 USEF National Show Jumping Championship title. With two clear rounds out of the four trials, Kessler piloted Cylana to her first national title, finishing first in the USEF Selection Trials for the U.S. Show Jumping Team. Kessler also finished third with Mika in the Selection Trials with two clear rounds in second and fourth Trial, securing a spot on the USEF Long List as well. At the Observation Events for the U.S. Show Jumping Team, she earned several top three placings with her mounts. Kessler than traveled to Europe where she won a CSI5* class on Ligist in Chantilly, France before representing the United States at the 2012 London Olympic Games in August. At 18, she became the young person in history to compete in the discipline of show jumping at the Olympic Games.
Returning to the states, Kessler had a second-place finish in the $50,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier with Mika. The pair then won the Hagyard Equine Institute CSI-W Lexington at The Kentucky National Horse Show. At the Washington International Horse Show, Kessler claimed top honors in the $100,000 Presidents Cup with Cylana.
Kessler started off 2013 by winning the $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty CSI2* with Ligist during week two of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Aboard Cylana, Kessler helped the U.S. team claim top honors in the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm. She then rode Mika to a second-place finish in the American Invitational. Kessler traveled to Paris for the Saut Hermès au Grand Palais CSI5* and earned another second-place finish in the Hermès Grand Prix with Cylana. Returning to the U.S., Kessler and Mika were second in the Commonwealth Grand Prix at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Heading to Spruce Meadows, Kessler tallied three second-place finishes at the CSI5* ‘National’ Tournament, including in the $400,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix World Cup Qualifier with Cylana. During the CSI5* ‘North American’ Tournament, she won the $200,000 ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup with Cylana and the $50,000 Lafarge Cup with Wolf S. She next traveled to Europe, beginning her trip by helping the U.S. team tie for second place in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup of Great Britain presented by Longines at CSIO5* Hickstead with Cylana. At the Global Champions Tour (GCT) stop in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, Kessler won a CSI5* class and finished second in another with Soraya de l’Obstination.
Kessler began the fall season by collecting a CSI3* win in Munich, Germany with Cylana. Remaining in Germany, Kessler found success in Oldenburg taking home the win in a CSI2* class with Ligist. Finishing out the year at Stuttgart, she garnered two CSI5* wins with Soraya de l’Obstination and Cylana.
In 2014, Kessler started things off with a second-place finish in the $125,000 CSI5*-W Ruby et Violette WEF Round V with Ligist during week five of the FTI Consulting WEF. She went overseas and earned top honors in a CSI3* class with Soraya de l’Obstination in Lanaken, Belgium. With Ligist, Kessler was second in a CSI3* class in Nörten-Hardenberg, Germany. At the GCT stop in Paris, she and Cylana were third in the Gucci Gold Cup. Kessler then traveled to CSIO5* Hickstead and helped the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team earn top honors in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup of Great Britain presented by Longines aboard Cylana. Heading to Spruce Meadows, she once again partnered with Cylana and was second in the $1.5 Million CP International Grand Prix presented by Rolex during the CSIO5* ‘Masters’ Tournament. At CSI5* Geneva, Kessler and Soraya de l’Obstination were third in the Prix des Vins de Genève. She ended the year by winning the H&M Mistletoe Stakes with Soraya de l’Obstination at the Olympia London International Horse Show CSI5*-W.
Kessler has been busy competing in Europe in 2015. She rode Cos I Can to second- and third-place finishes in the feature Grand Prixes at CSI3* Vejer de la Frontera a month apart. With Soraya de l’Obstination, Kessler won a CSI4* class in Braunschweig, Germany. She was then second in CSI3* Lanaken’s Grand Prix with Cos I Can. At CSI3* Hardelot, she and Soraya de l’Obstination were third in the Prize of Swiss Life class. Returning to North America, Kessler and Cylana were second in the $400,000 RBC Grand Prix Presented by Rolex during Spruce Meadows’ CSI5* ‘National’ Tournament presented by Rolex. The pair was then third in the $50,000 Aon Cup during the CSI5* ‘North American’ Tournament and in the $85,000 ASHCOR Technologies Cup during the CSI5* ‘Pan American’ Tournament presented by Rolex. At the Longines GCT stop in Valkenswaard, she rode KS Stakki to a third-place finish in a CSI5* class.
Out of the saddle, Kessler serves as a JustWorld International Ambassador.