Jessica Paquette is a lifelong equestrian who found her real home at the racetrack. After her first job on the track as a hot walker at Rockingham Park, she worked on the mutuel line and interned in the publicity office. From there, she began an internship at Suffolk Downs and has been there ever since. After over 13 years, she now serves as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and the broadcast analyst/handicapper. She was also the President of the New England Turf Writers’ Association.
Nine years ago, she purchased her first horse after being his biggest fan while he was on the track – What a Trippi. She brought him along as a hunter with some success in the show ring along the East Coast and he retired from his second career in 2018 though the pair now are enjoying flat-only pursuits including side-saddle and bride-less work. Jessica switched from hunters to jumpers this past summer and continues to show avidly while searching for her next perfect OTTB partner.
When she isn’t at a racetrack, a horse show or the barn (which is rare), she can be found with her two English Bull Terriers and her husband on the North Shore in Massachusetts.
Jessica will be sponsored by Suffolk Downs Racetrack. Her mount, Lia McGuirk’s Usmc Semper Fi, is returning for his second Real Rider Cup appearance.
Usmc Semper Fi (MD)
TB, B, G, FOALED APRIL 8, 2007
Owner: Lia McGuirk
Breeder: Bonita Farm
Total Raised to Date (9/17/19): $2,750