It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks, to say the least, for British rider Jess Dimmock. After top placings already this year in grand prix classes in Spain, Keysoe, and Chepstow, Dimmock made her Nations Cup debut last week at the Drammen Spring Tour in Norway aboard the nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare, Cybel II. The pair jumped clear and four, earning the best result for the British team, which finished fifth overall (Team Ireland took home the win). One person in attendance who particularly liked what he saw was none other than Olympic bronze medalist, Cian O’Connor, who approached Dimmock after the class to ask if he could purchase the Sligo-bred Cybel II for his own string.

So what is it like when, just hours after your best result, one of the world’s most respected riders asks to buy your best horse? In her own words, Jess Dimmock explains. 

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Cybel originally came from the Goresbridge Horse Sales [in Ireland] as a six-year-old from Richard Bournes. My best friend, Laura Robinson, bought her from the sale. The first time I saw Cybel with Laura, I loved her. Laura was successful with Cybel in the young horse classes and qualified her for the Foxhunter Final. So when I was approached by an owner to buy me a horse, I went straight for Cybel!

She is a bit unique in the way she goes, but Cybel is the most talented horse I have ever ridden and has a massive heart. She just wants to please. As a combination, Cybel and I progressed a lot over the two years that we were together. I train with Tim Stockdale in Northamptonshire, and he has been a big influence in our success. I went from jumping two-star grand prix classes to four-star grand prix, and then, jumping on my first Senior Nations Cup Team.

I developed a great partnership and trust with Cybel and she would always give me 110 percent.

I couldn’t have wished for a better Senior Nations Cup debut, I was delighted to jump round for clear and four. The long days and hard work that I put in makes everything so worthwhile when I get a result like that. Cybel really rose to the occasion and jumped her heart out for me.

I had to follow my head and not my heart.

As soon as I jumped the Nations Cup, Cian approached me. It was a difficult decision because I want to be a show jumper, and after my result in the Nations Cup, I knew that I was going to get a lot more great opportunities with Cybel this summer.

I am 23 years old and just setting up my business, so I knew that for my business and career, it was the right decision. I had to follow my head and not my heart.

It is an honor to sell a horse that I have produced to someone like Cian. Cybel has every opportunity to go on and be the superstar that I know she is, and I am looking forward to watching the partnership develop.

Hopefully, this is just the beginning, and it will now lead to many more opportunities. I try not to get to emotionally attached to my horses as selling horses is all part of the business. But Cybel was very special to me. She is quite a character! I thought the world of her, so I was very sad to see her go.

My plans for this year have obviously changed a bit now. I have some lovely young horses that I will continue to produce, and I am also searching for my next superstar to replace Cybel. My ultimate goal is to get back to the top of the sport and to jump for Great Britain again. Although it is still the early days in my career, I’m going to continue working hard and I’m sure everything will fall into place.

I am lucky to have a great team around me and I am now looking forward to the future!

-Photo credit: Moises Basallote Fotografia, Sunshine Tour. All images courtesy of Jess Dimmock.