Jennifer Gates Takes Daughter Leila to Equestrian Event to Check Out the ‘Itty Bitty Jumper Division’

A love for horses runs in the family, as Gates competes in amateur equestrian events while her husband, Nayel Nassar, is an Olympic equestrian rider

<p>Instagram/jenngatesnassar</p> Jennifer Gates and her daughter Leila


Jennifer Gates and her daughter Leila

Jennifer Gates is introducing her daughter Leila to the equestrian world.

On Saturday, the 27-year-old daughter of billionaire Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates shared an adorable photo of herself showing her 1-year-old daughter a look at a riding area at an equestrian event.

In the candid photo posted on her Instagram Story, Leila could be seen taking a peek at the horses in the pen and their riders as she was being held up. The little girl, who wore a pink flower in her hair and a green sundress, appeared to look away from the horses for a brief moment at the camera.

“Leila checking out the itty bitty jumper division today,” Jennifer wrote over the photo.

<p>Instagram/jenngatesnassar</p> Jennifer Gates shares a photo of herself and daughter Leila at an equestrian event


Jennifer Gates shares a photo of herself and daughter Leila at an equestrian event

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In a second post, Jennifer showed a video of her own equestrian run at the event. In the clip, she and her horse could be seen hitting one of the rails on the obstacle course, which prompted her to note it was “not our day, but that’s okay.”

A love for horses runs in the family, as Jennifer's husband, Nayel Nassar, also participates in equestrianism. Nassar, 33, is an Olympic equestrian who previously competed at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. The couple's love for horses and the sport is what brought them together.

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"Horses are just one part of our life, but we love the sport," she told CNN's EQ equestrian show in 2019. "[Nassar]'s a professional, and I do this as an amateur. So to be able to share our love and passion for horses with each other is just incredible."

The pair wed in October 2021 after nearly four years of dating, and welcomed their first child, Leila, in February 2023. The pair confirmed the happy news on Instagram with a photo of them holding their baby girl, and wrote. "Sending love from our healthy little family 💓🙏🥰.”

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Gates and Nassar celebrated their daughter’s first birthday in February with a sentimental joint post on Instagram reflecting on Leila's growth over the past year, alongside photos of her hanging out at home with their dogs and playing with some toys.

"Can’t believe this girl made us parents one year ago today. Leila, you’ve brought indescribable joy to this world with your endless laughter, curiosity and love for all things animal🐴🐶!" Jennifer wrote in the caption.

"Happy birthday sweet girl, we love you unconditionally forever, and can’t wait to see what the next year will bring! 💗🥹✨♾️," she added.

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