Jessica Paquette

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 spent 13 years there – eventually becoming the Senior Vice President of Marketing and the broadcast analyst/handicapper. She was also the President of the New England Turf Writers’ Association. In 2020, she began her next venture in the horse racing industry as the Director of Operations for Trakus.

Ten 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 to the life of leisure as her pleasure horse. In 2020, she purchased warhorse Puget Sound off the racetrack.  

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 on why she rides in the Real Rider Cup

Click here to watch Jessica’s show jumping round


El Baby Grand (KY)


Breeder: Runnymede Farm Inc., Catesby Clay & Peter Callahan


Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Earnings
14 0 1 3 $20,200






“Everything good in my life has been because of horses, particularly Thoroughbreds. There are so many people in the horse racing industry who come together to put the horses first and they need us now more than ever. 

If you are able to donate, please consider doing so to help support the Retired Racehorse Project, New Vocations and the Fair Hill Thoroughbred Show.”

Through December 31, 2019, Jessica has raised $2,820 for The Real Rider Cup