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Judy REYNOLDS, Irish Dressage athlete.

FEI ID 10024013
Gender Female
Date of Birth 11/06/1981
Competing for Ireland - IRL
Registration Dressage 2020
Last update 27/02/2020
FEI Database

Dressage 70x70
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began riding at age four at the Callaighstown Riding School in Ireland. "School, homework, horseback, that's what my day at my parents' farm or riding school looked like."
Why this sport? She rode as a child and became interested in dressage at age 15.
Club / Team Gut Hohenkamp: Dorsten, GER
Name of coach Johann Hinnemann [personal], GER, from 2008
Training Regime She rides eight horses a day.
International Debut
Year 2003
Competing for Ireland
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Patrick Heavey
Residence Dorsten, GER
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner, Coach, Horse Trainer
Languages English, German
Higher education Music - National University of Ireland Maynooth [NUIM]: Ireland
General Interest
Hero / Idol German dressage rider Isabel Werth (TRM Nutrition Facebook page, 28 Jun 2019)
Injuries She needed an emergency appendix operation three weeks before the 2006 World Equestrian Games [WEG]. She did not ride for 10 days, but recovered in time to compete at the event in Aachen, Germany. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2012;, 27 Aug 2007)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She always plaits her own horses' manes at competitions. (Athlete, 06 May 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto "The horse is an animal and doesn't always understand straight away what you want. You never stop learning, especially in dressage. If you're open to it, every horse will teach you as much as you can teach him." (Horseware Facebook page, 06 Jul 2016)
Awards and honours She received the silver medal at the 2017 Dorsten Athlete of the Year Awards in Germany. She was also named Athlete of the Month in March 2017 by German newspaper 'Dorstener Zeitung'. (Facebook profile, 22 Jan 2018;, 20 Jan 2018) She received a Gold Badge of Honour from the International Equestrian Federation [FEI] in 2017. (, 13 Dec 2017) She was named Irish Field Dressage Rider of the Year in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. (, 12 Feb 2019, 13 Feb 2018, 07 Feb 2017;, 07 Feb 2017; Athlete, 06 May 2009)
Other sports She became the first female Irish rider to compete in the final phase [grand prix freestyle] of the dressage competition at an Olympic Games when she rode in the final at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. In 2017 she became first Irish dressage rider to qualify, without invitation, for a World Cup Final, competing at the 2017 edition in Omaha, NE, United States of America. She became the first Irish dressage rider to reach the freestyle to music final at a World Equestrian Games [WEG], when she competed at the 2018 edition in Tryon, NC, United States of America. (, 15 Sep 2018;, 20 Mar 2017;, 07 Feb 2017;, 12 Aug 2016)
Famous relatives Her father Joe Reynolds has served as chairman of Dressage Ireland. (, 03 May 2018)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 30 Mar 2017)
Other information FROM IRELAND TO GERMANY She relocated from Ireland to Germany in 2002. After a short stint in France she returned to Germany where she and her husband Patrick started their own coaching and horse training business. In 2015 she began renting stalls at the Gut Hohenkamp stables in Dorsten, Germany, and she also travels to Ireland each month to teach at clinics. (, 03 May 2018; Facebook page, 07 Apr 2017;, 29 Feb 2016) MUSICAL TALENT She studied music at university and plays a number of instruments. "Technically I'm a trained musician. I studied for a bachelor of music at university. I play the piano, flute, saxophone and the badhran, a traditional Irish drum. Unfortunately, over the last few years I have let it slip and hardly play anymore. Our yard life is quite all encompassing, not leaving a lot of time for other hobbies, but how lucky am I that I get to work at my hobby every day." (, 15 Mar 2019)