Jessica Blum, a long-time CDS student in Grade 11 from Gormley, competes in equestrian, track and field and long-distance running.
She attended OFSAA for track and field in Grade 9 and competed in the 800m and 1500m events, but took last year off to focus on her riding. Both sports offer unique and different skill sets as track demands higher fitness while equestrian requires more skill.
Jessica competes as a “Hunter/Jumper”, where horses are ridden English style and guided through a series of fences and jumps. Equestrian athletes have a very intense schedule preparing for competition, so Jessica loves the flexibility of the High Performance Phys-Ed program offered at CDS. “[The program] has helped me because I get an extra spare which allows me to catch up on work – I need that extra time.”
For the past 10 years, Jessica has spent most of her time training on her family farm with her horses Conan, Freddie, Cooper and Donald. She also has another connection with the School through her riding coach Chris Sorensen, an alumnus from the Class of 2001.
Her track and field coach at CDS, Denise Steadman, speaks highly of Jessica: “I have had the pleasure of teaching and coaching Jessica in track and field and cross-country. Her incredible work ethic has contributed to the success she has attained in running, equestrian competitions and in the High Performance Phys-Ed Program.”
Next year, Jessica is planning to compete in the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in Lexington, Kentucky.