As one of Ireland’s leading three-day event riders Jessica represented her country at the highest level including the Olympics. A training licence was taken out in 1989 and alongside her late husband Johnny Harrington she quickly established herself as a leading force in Irish National Hunt Racing.
Success at the Galway Festival in 1994 with Oh So Grumpy was a kick start to her now renowned reputation for handling quality jumps horses. No one will forget Moscow Flyer, a horse of a lifetime for all involved winning the Champion Chase, but Space Trucker’s victory in the Grand Annual in 1999 laid the way for the likes of “Moscow”, Spirit Leader, Cork All Star, Boston’s Angel, Champion Hurdle winner Jezki and then the three most recent heroes of Cheltenham 2017 Sizing John, Supasundae & Rock The World.
Jessica Harrington joined the Cheltenham greats when completing the big championship-race treble with Sizing John, having never had never even had a runner in the Gold Cup. But Sizing John gave her the third leg of the coveted treble and ensured her place in Festival folklore as the most successful female trainer in the history of the Cheltenham Festival
The last decade has seen Jessica firmly established as one of the leading dual-purpose trainers in Ireland. Group 1 success with Pathfork in the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes was a ground-breaking moment in a memorable 2010 season for her and the team and they have continued to make huge strides since.
Multiple success at Group level on the Flat has followed and with a yard split almost equally between the codes it’s exciting times all year round for Jessica, her owners and dedicated staff.