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Jessica Kürten

Jessica Kürten

Personal information
Full name: Jessica Kürten
Nationality: 22x20px Ireland
Discipline: Show jumping
Born: 24, 1969 (1969-11-24) (age 47)
Cullybackey, Northern Ireland

Jessica Kürten (November 24, 1969) is an Irish equestrian who competes in the sport of show jumping.

As of the end of June 2010, she is ranked 6th in the Rolex World Rankings - Irelands no. 1.

Born Jessica Chesney, Kürten won several national pony championships as a youth. As of 2006, she is the best female showjumper and second overall.

In 1994 Kürten married Eckard Kürten and moved to Hünxe in the German Rhineland. She has twice represented Ireland at the Olympic Games, 1996 Atlanta on Diamond's Exchange finishing 26th individually and team 8th and in 2004 Athens on Castle Forbes Maike finishing 18th individually.



In 2006 Kürten was a judge on the BBC's Only Fools on Horses event. In April 2007 she won the prestigious British Open Show Jumping Championships title at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. In 2007, Kürten's horse Castle Forbes Maike was found tested positive for etoricoxib, after a competition in La Baule in France. She has since challenged the result.[1] In May 2008, she reached her highest ever ranking of second in the FEI World Rankings [1]


In January 2010 she returned to Leipzig for the CSI5*-W Show. For the third year in a row - after Castle Forbes Libertina only just returning to competition - she won the World Cup Qualifier securing her place in the final in Geneva. Kürten had to reluctantly pull out of the FEI Rolex World Cup Final in Geneva after suffering a fall off a horse at home the weekend before. She was hospitalised on Friday the 9th and released over the weekend. This was a big blow as she was heading into the final as a leading contender as she was on top of the Leader Board.

Kuerten travelled to the CSI4* in Antwerp, Belgium in April. Here, she won the opening four star class - the BMW Masters with Fashion. She also 3rd in Saturdays 1m50 class with Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois - just 0.25 seconds off the pace of European Champion Kevin Staut.

On the first weekend of May, she competed at the first leg of the Global Champions Tour in Valencia. Although Kuerten had no luck in the €285,000 Grand Prix on Saturday - she did capture the 1m50 class on the Sunday with Castle Forbes Cosma.

Kuerten then traveled to Hamburg for the second leg of the Global Champions Tour where she secured a decisive victory in the accumulator class. She won the class by nearly 14 seconds on Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois.

Next was the third leg of the Global Champions Tour held in Turin, Italy. She secured 4th place in the Grand Prix with Castle Forbes Libertina bagging herself €25,000 and 33 Global Champions Tour points moving her up to 5th place on the tour rankings.

From the 10th-12th of July, Kuerten competed at the CSI5* Global Champions Tour of Cannes, France. She got off to a good start on the first day by winning the 1m50 jump-off class with Castle Forbes Libertina. The pair were over 1.5 seconds ahead of second place; Phillipe Rozier and Randgraaf. In the Grand Prix on Saturday, Kuerten and Castle Forbes Libertina finished third. The class was won by the Australian, Edwina Alexandra on Cevo Itot du Château with the only treble clear. The pair picked up €38,000 and gained 35 GCT points which left Kuerten in 3rd position after four legs of the Tour.

Kuerten continued to climb the Global Champions Tour leader board after a fantastic treble clear in the (Global Champions Tour) Grand Prix of Monte Carlo with Castle Forbes Libertina. The pair were pipped by the final rider (Bernardo Alves) by just 0.02 of a second. This second place finish left her in 2nd place overall on the 2010 GCT Rankings after 5 legs.

Her Global Champions Tour campaign continued to the CSI5* Estoril, Portugal. On Day 1 (Friday), Kuerten had 4 faults on Castle Forbes Libertina in the 1m50 opening class. She then jumped API Largo in the 1m45 jump-off class that evening, but had 1 time fault in the first round. On Saturday, Kuerten jumped a double clear on API Largo in the 1m45 two phase class to finish 6th and earn €1,200. In the GCT Grand Prix that evening, she had the last fence down in the first round on Lady Georgina Forbes' Castle Forbes Libertina - this left Kuerten in 4th position in the GCT Rankings after the 6th leg.

Next, she travelled as part of the Irish squad to the CSIO5* in Falsterbo, Sweden. In the 7yo class on Day 1, Kuerten and Baco had 4 faults to finish 7th. In the 5th leg of the Meydan FEI Nations Cup, which was won by the home team, Ireland finished 5th on 24 faults: Dermott Lennon (Hallmark Elite) 4/12, Jessica Kuerten (Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois) (8)/(12), Shane Breen (Carmena Z) 4/4, Denis Lynch (Nabab's Son) 0/0.


One of Kürten's most successful horses was Diamond's Exchange, a bay Irish Sport Horse gelding, foaled in 1983. He was by Diamond Serpent (who was by King of Diamonds) out of Water Burn II. Kürten had a successful partnership with this horse, including participation in the Olympic Games in Atlanta and the World Championships at The Hague.[2]

Other horses

Other notable horses she has ridden include:

  • Paavo N
  • Bonita
  • Castle Forbes Meike
  • Castle Forbes Libertina
  • Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Cost
  • Castle Forbes Bolivar
  • Galopin du Biolay

Career statistics

Individual wins







August 7, 2008 Flag of Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland Dublin Horse Show Power and Speed CSIO***** Castle Forbes Cosma
August 10, 2008 Flag of Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland Dublin Horse Show Longines International Grand Prix CSIO***** Castle Forbes Libertina
  • 2010
    • 2nd, Grand Prix, CSI5* GCT Mote Carlo, Monaco (Castle Forbes Libertina)
    • 3rd, Grand Prix, CSI5* GCT Cannes, France (Castle Forbes Libertina)
    • Rolex FEI World Cup Qualifier, CSI5*-W Gothenburg, Sweden, (Castle Forbes Libertina)
    • Rolex FEI World Cup Qualifier, CSI5*-W Leipzig, Germany, (Castle Forbes Libertina)
  • 2008
    • Grand Prix Pescanova, CSI4* Gijon, (Castle Forbes Libertina)
    • 2nd, Grand Prix Telefonica, CSI4* La Coruna, (Castle Forbes Libertina)
    • Rolex FEI World Cup Final, Gothenburg Trophy, Gothenburg, (Quibell) [2]
    • Rolex FEI World Cup Final, Competition II, Gothenburg, (Castle Forbes Libertina)
    • Rolex FEI World Cup Qualifer (Grand Prix of Leipzig), CSI-W Leipzig, (Castle Forbes Libertina)
  • 2007
    • Rolex FEI World Cup Qualifer, CSI-W Olympia, London, (Castle Forbes Libertina)
    • NH Hoteles Trophy, CSI5* La Coruna, (Kalande des Grez)
    • Rolex Top Ten Final, CSI5* Geneva, (Castle Forbes Libertina)
    • Equal 2nd, Rolex Grand Prix, CSI5* Geneva, (Castle Forbes Libertina)
    • Prix Clarins, CSI5* Geneva, (Castle Forbes Vivaldo vh Costersveld)
    • Speed Class, CSI4*-W Verona, (Castle Forbes Libertina)
    • Monaco Grand Prix, CSI5* Monaco, (Castle Forbes Libertina)
    • 2nd, Grand Prix de Cannes, CSI5* Cannes, (Castle Forbes Libertina)
    • Longines Grand Prix, CSIO5* La Baule (Castle Forbes Maike)
    • OBO Bettermann Prize, CSI3* Balve, Germany (Castle Forbes Libertina)
    • Preis der AachenMunchener, CSIO5* Aachen (Quibell)
    • Coruna City Council Grand Prix, CSI4* La Coruna, Spain (Quibell)
  • 2006
    • Dubai Grand Prix (Castle Forbes Libertina)
    • Dubai Masters (Castle Forbes Libertina)
    • Credit Suisse Grand Prix, Zürich (Quibell)
    • Mercedes Swiss Masters (winning a car), Zürich (Castle Forbes Libertina)
    • Chernyakhovsk Grand Prix, Russia (Quibell)
    • Worldcup pre-Qualifier Competition, Leipzig
    • Qualifier young horses, Leipzig
    • Final young horses, Leipzig
    • Qualifier Worldcup Competition Göteborg
    • Göteborg Trophy, Göteborg
    • Intern. jumping class CSI Cannes
  • 2005
    • Estoril Grand Prix, Portugal (Castle Forbes Maike)
    • The knock out, Kiel (Laurus)
  • 2004
    • Team Trophy, Leipzig (Lady Preishammer)
    • Berlin World Cup Qualifier
    • Nations Cup: Dublin (Quibell)
    • 18th, Athens Olympics Individual Show Jumping
  • 2003
    • Ladies German Masters, Stuttgart (Quibell)
    • Accumulator, National Show Nürnberg, Germany
    • Queens Cup, Mechelen (Paavo N)
  • 2002
    • Indoor-Derby, Vienna (Lady Preishammer)
    • Aegon MoneyMaxx Masters Final, (winning a car), Monte Carlo (Bonita 38)
    • Nations Cups: Calgary and Lummen (Bonita 38)
  • 2000
    • Nations Cups: Calgary and Rotterdam, Dublin, San Marino & Modena - helping to win a record-breaking tenth Nations Cup, thus clinching Ireland’s place as outright winner of the Samsung Nations Cup Series 1999/2000 (all Paavo N)
  • 1999
  • 1996
    • Helsinki Grand Prix (Diamond Exchange)
  • 1995
    • Mechelen Grand Prix (Diamond Exchange)
    • Nations Cups: La Baule and Modena (Diamond Exchange)
  • 1992
    • Millstreet World Cup Qualifer (Diamond Exchange)


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