Jessica began taking riding when she was 5 years old. Soon after she began vaulting, an equestrian discipline that combines gymnastics and dance, while on a moving horse. She was chosen for the United States Vaulting team. Her hard work and years of dedication combined with her talents and natural ability around horses were rewarded with several national championships and a bronze medal from the World Equestrian Games in Rome, Italy in 1998. Her focus shifted to riding following her stellar performance at the World Equestrian Games. She began competing in 3-Day Eventing where she brought along several young horses. During this time Jessica was also a member of the United States Pony Club, and international organization that teaches horsemanship and riding. Through the United States Pony Club, Jessica obtained the rating level of HA, the highest horsemanship level offered through the organization.
Following high school, Jessica moved to the East Coast to attend college. She began working as a groom and manager for several Olympians where she gained vast amounts of knowledge. While working as a groom and manager, she was able to travel around the world with horses to several international competitions. Later, Jessica began and managed Nani Lio Farm, a breeding, boarding, and training stable. While managing Nani Lio Farm, Jessica bred, trained, and showed horses that received national accolades. During that time, Jessica also managed an equine veterinary practice and ran a successful lesson and training program. She continued to further her education in equine reproduction and veterinary care by attending several clinics and obtaining her certification in Artificial Insemination for Equine Reproduction.
After relocating to Kaua’i in 2014, Jessica began working as the executive director for Healing Horses Kaua’i, a therapeutic riding program. In 2015 Jessica became certified as a therapeutic riding instructor through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) organization. In 2016 Jessica began GIE with her sister, Susan, with hopes of growing the equestrian community on Kaua’i.