Growing up in Sydney, Ireland and Scotland, Jessica has been a student of writing and riding all her life. Her fascination with the sport of kings is almost unnatural, given she has no roots in the sport outside of her own. She grew up memorising the lives of champions... Phar Lap, Carbine, Secretariat, Nijinsky. As a teenager, she was shortlisted in the Martin Wills Memorial Competition, a British award for young writers in horse racing. She graduated from the University of Stirling with a combined honours degree, and returning to Sydney she worked as a riding instructor before two editorial roles in publishing, first with Breeding & Racing magazine, then OUTBACK. Frustrated by the daily grind (and the urge to finish ‘Peter Pan’), she took to freelancing, and her work continues to appear in many books and publications, both in and out of racing.
Her fascination with the sport of kings is almost unnatural, given she has no roots in the sport outside of her own.

In November 2011, Jessica Owers barnstormed the national spotlight when she released her debut effort, ‘Peter Pan: The Forgotten Story of Phar Lap’s Successor’. A vivid, beautifully crafted phonebook-of-a-read, ‘Peter Pan’ is the true story of the horse that came after Phar Lap. Acclaimed in newspapers, across national radio stations and reviewed in America, Canada, Ireland, Great Britain and New Zealand, the book won the 2012 Bill Whittaker Award for Best Racing Book in Australia and propelled Jessica into ‘highly commended’ recognition at the 2012 Kennedy Awards in the category of Racing Writer of the Year. Jessica appeared on Channel 9 news on Melbourne Cup day, was featured on Sky Racing’s GG Girls program, and was a guest of Steve Byk’s rated radio program in Saratoga Springs, NY. In July 2012 she represented her now-famous book at the Asian Racing Conference in Istanbul, paneling alongside Eric O’Keefe (author of ‘The Cup’), and living legend (and hero, shh, don’t tell him) Les Carlyon.

Random House Australia, publisher of ‘Peter Pan’, wanted another book quickly, and on 1 November 2013 Jessica will release her second book, ‘Shannon’, the story of Australia's first international racehorse. Of this fellow, Jessica says she will ‘probably never tell a more outstanding or emotional story’. A champion miler of World War II Sydney, Shannon was sold to California in 1947, racing there through 1948 in circumstances that left the author speechless. The book is the perfect follow-on to Peter Pan’s remarkable success.
He came tentatively out of the shadows for me, until I felt like he was right there, three feet from my keyboard.

Jessica’s books are far more than a means to the mortgage. While writing these narratives, she immerses herself in the lives and times of the animals, the weather they raced through, the men that owned them, trained them, the headlines that followed them. Each subject is selected carefully, researched exhaustively until the author feels like she knows them. As Jessica wrote at the close of ‘Shannon’, the horse ‘came tentatively out of the shadows for me, until I felt like he was right there, three feet from my keyboard’. She has paid regular visits to Peter Pan’s grave, and counts her visit to Shannon’s final resting place in Kentucky one of her best experiences.

In mid 2014, Jessica began writing for the New York-based
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. It is one of the preeminent racing websites in the world, with daily editorial on racing around the world. As well as contributing stories of her own, Jessica has commissioned and overseen all Australian and New Zealand content on a weekly basis.

Jessica was married in May 2013 to
Italian restaurateur Maurizio Lombardo. The couple live in Sydney’s eastern suburbs with their Birman cat Ronin and German Pinscher Frankel (yes, after ‘the mostest hoss that ever was’). On Boxing Day 2013 they had their first child, Julien. Jessica loves RayBan aviators and hates the cold, and supports the Animal Welfare League. Peter Pan’s racing colours, carried from October 1934 to his retirement some years later, are registered to her name in New South Wales.