WHO WE ARE
Combining the professional forces of two industry leaders, Jennifer Ward and Jennifer Wood, Jump Media is one of equestrian sport’s largest comprehensive public relations agencies.
Jump Media offers a wide variety of promotional services including public relations, media relations, event promotion, and photography and graphic design services as well as athlete promotion, sponsorship liaison, on-site press room management, press release and editorial writing and placement, social media campaigns, and much more.
As a full-service public relations agency representing some of the biggest names in the sport, Jump Media is uniquely positioned to maximize client exposure, both in domestic and international markets.
Having studied journalism and earned a post-graduate degree in public relations, Jennifer, who is based in Ottawa, Canada, began her career by handling media relations for the Canadian Equestrian Team for five years. Moving on to a contract with the United Nations, the horse world kept calling, inspiring Jennifer to start her own business specializing in public relations for the equestrian industry.
She founded Starting Gate Communications Inc. in 2001, and quickly gained a loyal following of clients. Athletes, events and organizations all benefitted from increased publicity and media exposure. In addition, Jennifer continued to act as media liaison for the Canadian Equestrian Team at major games including the Olympics, World Equestrian Games and Pan American Games. She was also the press officer for equestrian sport at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo.
Having ridden since the age of six, Jennifer has successfully combined her passion for horse sport with a rewarding career promoting the sport she has loved for a lifetime. Her work with Jump Media allows her to further expand her talents and the connections she has made through years of hands-on public relations experience.
Photo by Elena Lusenti
Originally from Chicago, Jennifer Wood is a lifelong horseperson who began competing in the hunter and jumper discipline at the age of seven. She went on to represent the intercollegiate team at the University of South Carolina. Jennifer graduated from USC magna cum laude with a marketing degree in 2001. Jennifer worked for Olympic show jumpers Anne Kursinski and Margie Engle before entering the public relations field in 2004.
Through her work as a freelance writer and photographer and for PhelpsSports.com, she has covered many international equestrian events including FEI World Cup Finals, FEI World Equestrian Games, and the Olympic Games. Jennifer is a member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists and, in 2006, won the United States Equestrian Federation Pegasus Award for Media, Best Single News Article.
Known for her work promoting some of the best equestrian events and companies in North America through her company, Jennifer Wood Media, Jennifer looks forward to continuing to advance equestrian sport promotion through Jump Media.
Molly Sorge grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and started her journey in the horse world with Pony Club and eventing. After graduating from Mt. Holyoke College, she spent a few years grooming on the horse show circuit for a top hunter/equitation trainer.
Molly started working for the magazine The Chronicle of the Horse in 1998 as a staff writer and, over her 20 years there, advanced to senior editor and website content editor. She has covered Olympic Games, World Equestrian Games, FEI World Cup Finals, and most major venues in the U.S. Molly is a member of the International Association of Equine Journalists and has been recognized by the American Horse Publications for her writing.
In 2018, Molly joined the Jump Media team as Managing Editor and works to oversee editorial and social media content to help clients meet their promotional goals efficiently and effectively. Molly lives in the Richmond, Va., area with her husband and son and two dogs.
Lindsay Brock hails from the mountains of the Adirondack Park in Upstate New York and started developing a passion for all things equine the moment she first formed the word “horse.” In 2008, Lindsay graduated with honors in writing and communications from Houghton College, where she also served as the President of the Houghton College Equestrian Society and competed on its hunter/jumper and eventing teams.
Upon graduation, Lindsay worked at The Hollywood Reporter and Carol Mann Agency in New York City. Through her experience as a writer, photographer, and social media manager, she has explored the facets of both mainstream and equine-industry organizations.
During her four years as Public Relations and Social Media Manager for HITS Horse Shows, she created promotional and editorial material for competitions nationwide. Her work has appeared in prominent equine publications including The Chronicle of the Horse, Equestre Americas, Equestrian Living, Horse & Style Magazine, Puissance Magazine, and Sidelines Magazine.
Dedicated to bringing the sport of show jumping to the masses, Lindsay is proud to be part of the Jump Media team, furthering her zeal for the best of horse sport.
Emily Riden grew up in Lititz, Pennsylvania, and attended the Pennsylvania State University, graduating in 2012 with degrees in public relations and equine science. While at Penn State, Emily was an officer and captain of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team, a reporter for The Daily Collegian newspaper, and a chair of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).
In 2013, Emily accepted a position with Phelps Media Group, representing numerous riders, horse shows, venues, non-profit organizations, and brands. While at Phelps Media Group, Emily secured high-profile media coverage for its clients, executed successful social media campaigns, developed unique marketing strategies, and generated captivating editorial material.
Simultaneously, Emily served as a photojournalist for PhelpsSports.com, providing coverage of major events such as the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Devon Horse Show, the National Horse Show, the Longines Global Champions Tour and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.
A rider since the age of seven, Emily is dedicated to promoting equestrian sport and is proud to have joined the Jump Media team in 2016.
Having served 26 years in the British army, Simon Stafford (SSgt. Ret.) gained valuable experience that today serves him well in the fast-paced world of equestrian sport. With tours of duty completed in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan, Simon retired from the British military in 2013 with his military conduct assessed as exemplary.
A classically trained French horn player, Simon also had two ‘day jobs’ with the Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers while serving in Her Majesty’s Forces. As Quarter Master Sergeant, he was responsible for transporting men, equipment and weapons from the UK to areas of conflict, such as Afghanistan. As Drum Major, he was responsible for arranging his Band’s appearances around the world, whether it be playing for Her Majesty on social occasions or providing pomp and circumstance at international sporting events such as the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ show jumping tournament in Calgary, Canada. Today, Simon applies his superior management, execution and interpersonal skills as a key member of the Jump Media team.
Simon has used his retirement to pursue another creative passion, that of photography. He has quickly become known for his ‘behind the scenes’ photo essays at major equestrian events, and counts such names as the Canadian Equestrian Team and Horse Sport magazine among his regular clients. A member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists (IAEJ), Simon’s photography has been featured on the front cover of Open Driver (Spring 2016), Gaitpost (April 2016), and Horse Sport (April 2016, September 2016, June 2017, and September 2017) magazines.