Jessica Hampf Payne, specializes in training and developing horses and riders to excel in the equestrian disciplines of Hunters, Jumpers and Eventing located in Raleigh, NC and Aiken, SC
Jessica Payne (Hampf) married fellow event rider Doug Payne in March, 2014. They have recently moved their business to Hillsborough, North Carolina just right outside Durham, NC.
Jessica is an accomplished Hunter, Jumper and Event rider who has devoted her life to riding and training horses of all levels. Her proven track record as a rider and coach, are the result of hard work, dedication and a natural ability to work with horses.
A native of London Ontario, Jessica has proudly represented her roots on the international competition stage since 2008, when she was named to the Canadian team’s short list with her long time partner High Society III.
Jessica moved to the United States as a child and soon after found her love of horses in Nashville, Tennessee. It was here that she began riding, and competing as a hunter equitation rider on the A circuit, before specializing in show jumping. At 18, Jessica turned her riding focus to eventing, still maintaining her passion for coaching all disciplines.
Jessica attended Auburn University, where she excelled in both school and building a successful training facility for over 5 years. Here Jessica’s love of teaching grew and matured into a main focus of her career. Upon graduating from Auburn University with a degree in Animal Science and an emphasis in Equine Science and Nutrition, Jessica then set up her business in the New Jersey area her now husband Doug Payne. The two have recently bought property outside of Durham, North Carolina. They expect to be at the new farm in Spring 2016.
Jessica’s teaching style and skills have been carefully developed over the years by training, and working alongside the best coaches and horse professionals in the business. Since 2009, Jessica has ridden with Jan Byyny who has become both a mentor and close friend. With Jan’s help, Jessica has been taken her career to new heights and has completed 5 CCI***s and 3 CCI****s to date, with many more in the near future.
Jessica believes good riders are the result of hard work, passion and the development of proper fundamentals through good coaching. She assists students in creating a plan for their goals; whether it be to complete their first horse show, represent their area or region at young riders, or complete a **** event.
Training and developing young horses and bringing them up the levels are also something Jessica takes great pride in. She is a firm believer that all horses have a purpose, and that if you take the time to build a relationship with them and help develop their strengths, they will make a tremendous horse for the right person.
Jessica has many personal goals for riding and teaching, however above all else she hopes to make equestrian sports as a whole better, by helping horses and riders be the best they are capable of, in a fun, positive environment.