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About Lauren

Lauren is a California native who began riding when she was 10 years old, after years of dreaming about having the opportunity to ride. She initially began riding western, but soon switched to the hunter/jumper discipline and quickly fell in love with the sport.  Later in 2006, at the age of 10, Lauren began leasing an off-track thoroughbred gelding named Sunny, who inspired both her love of thoroughbreds and chestnut geldings. In early 2008, Lauren bought her first horse, Dante, an American Warmblood gelding.  

Lauren moved to Davis, CA with Dante in 2014 to begin college at UC Davis and take her first steps in fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming an equine veterinarian. Two weeks after college began, Dante fractured his right hind leg and subsequently had to be retired. Trying to keep her dream of becoming a veterinarian alive, while also trying to keep Dante comfortable in his retirement, Lauren was only able to ride periodically when she had the opportunity to catch ride. However, to fund Dante's retirement, Lauren was able to begin working as a riding instructor for the UC Davis Equestrian Center in 2015, where she discovered a new passion - teaching.

Lauren graduated from UC Davis in 2018 with a B.S. in Animal Science with an Equine Emphasis.  While Lauren achieved her lifelong goal and was accepted to veterinary school to start fall 2019, Lauren decided the place she needed to be was ringside, teaching others about what she loves more than anything: horses. In 2019, Lauren began teaching at TROTR and established the Riding Academy at SunFire Equestrian, with guidance from SunFire's head trainer, Alana Curtis.

Lauren has continually worked on furthering her knowledge in and out of the tack, taking dressage lessons from USDF Gold Medalist Megan Leonard of Alchemy Dressage and jumping lessons from Jenny Williams of LaSalle Farms. Lauren has also had the opportunity to work with or clinic with the following: Boyd Martin, John Michael Durr, Alexis Martin-Vegue, and Micaela Johnson of Love Horsemanship. In addition to her degree from UC Davis, Lauren also holds her Equine Welfare Certificate from the University of Guelph and her Dressage and Hunt Seat Instructor Certifications from the American Riding Instructor Association.

In late 2021, after years of considering, Lauren signed up for the Certified Equine Massage Therapy program through the Animal Rehab Institute in Loxahatchee, Florida. The desire to do so initially stemmed from wanting to be able to regularly incorporate massage therapy into her personal horse's routines. After attending the program, Lauren decided to incorporate that newfound knowledge into her training program to help both humans and horses understand that the mind and body of the horse both have to be thriving for the horse to be able to succeed as a riding partner.  

Lauren currently owns a retired 17-year old OTTB gelding named Gallon and a 4-year old thoroughbred gelding named Rain. In her spare time, Lauren acts as the current Executive Director of CANTER California, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming of thoroughbreds coming off of California racetracks. In September of 2022, Lauren will be starting her Masters program at UC Davis, studying cardiac health in horses. 

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