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Lauren started riding at age 12 at a local stable in Hamilton, Ohio and quickly discovered that dressage was her calling. She began training with Rebecca Stromatt at 14 and during this time Lauren also worked for Sorum Fjord Farm, one of the largest Norwegian Fjord breeding farms in the country. After attending clinics with Grand Prix rider Silke Rembacz for three years, Lauren was invited to join Silke as assistant trainer; from there, she branched out to begin her own training and sales business in 2011. Today, Lauren is a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist who is making her mark in both dressage and eventing. She has competed through Grand Prix and has earned multiple USDF year-end and all-breeds awards at the national levels, while on the eventing front she and SNF Maarta were crowned National Champions at the 2007 American Eventing Championships over a field of 75 competitors. Lauren is currently riding and competing her own Oldenburg gelding Saracchi, KWPN gelding Millennium, and Alice Tarjan's Oldenburg Scylla in the FEI small tour; Melissa Dowling's Morgan gelding Avatar's Jazzman at both Grand Prix dressage and Training level eventing and her German Riding Pony gelding Nikolas at large tour dressage and also at Training level eventing; Carol Smith's Oldenburg mare Laurel as a Grand Prix hopeful; as well as several outstanding Norwegian Fjord horses for Full Moon Farm. Lauren's own Oldenburg mare Santa Barbara DASH and Chris Preston's Kyro will start at the Developing FEI levels. Lauren's two young future stars, Leeloo Dallas and Masterful Dream, will continue in the FEI Young Horse divisions this year. She also competes her own KWPN mare Atlanta B at the CCI2* level of eventing. She hopes to start several new young stars in the FEI young horse classes this year as well!
Jessie grew up on her family's horse farm in Indian Trail, N.C., where she began riding hunt seat with her mother by age 8 and moved on to foxhunting at age 12. She then started eventing under trainer Lindsay Staiano-Williams where she competed to the Novice Level before moving to Danville, Va. to attend college at Averett University, majoring in Equine Business Management with concentrations in Management, Dressage and Eventing. She also competed on the national level in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) teams all four years (claiming three Most Valuable Rider awards in 2011, 2012 and 2014, as well as the American National Riding Commission (ANRC) team in her senior year. She participated in a study abroad course in the spring of 2014 which included a trip to the Weser-Ems State Riding School in Vechta, Germany where she studied the classroom, barn and on horseback information on equine knowledge and theory, dressage, and jumping before testing for the Basis Pass and Small Bronze medals through the German Federation Nationale. After graduation, Jessie spent six months in The Netherlands working for Grand Prix rider and trainer Dana Hazeleger-Hewett in barn management and with young horses and stallions before joining Lauren Chumley Dressage as Assistant Trainer. She is a certified Level II American Riding Instructor Association (ARIA) instructor and is also certified in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER). Now a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist, Jessie is currently competing with Lauren Chumley's Rivendell in FEI-Level dressage and Modified level eventing at both the regional/area and national levels, as well as her Norwegian Fjord FMF Liesl in FEI level dressage and Beginner Novice eventing. Jessie also competes Tony and Abigail Johnson's phenomenal HR Zig Zag at the small tour level.
Skye Finn is from Chicago, Illinois and began riding at the age of 7. As her love of horses grew, she decided to start dressage through her IDA team at the University of New Hampshire. Before joining the IDA team at her school, her primary focus was in the hunter/jumpers. In 2017, she attended IDA Nationals at Centenary University placing 9th in the nation. Skye studied at the Univerisity of New Hampshire earning her Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies. After graduating, she began a working student position for Lauren Sprieser where she earned her USDF Bronze Medal. She worked for Sprieser for two years before becoming a working student at Lauren Chumley Dressage. She is currently leasing Linda Crabtree's young mare, Tate's First Dance, and plans to compete in both dressage and eventing.
Tai started riding at a local lesson barn at the age of 9, where he mostly competed in Hunters and Equitation. When he moved to Hunterdon County at the age of 13 he began riding with Emily Foreman, primarily focusing on show jumping. Tai began working for LCD at the age of 14. Currently he attends Delaware Valley Regional High School. Tai is a member of the Somerset Hills Pony Club and currently has his C1-HM rating. Tai rides Shanon Baker’s fabulous Thoroughbred gelding Reginald McDougal. He also rides and competes Lauren's Oldenburg gelding Saracchi at Fourth Level and hopes to continue on up the levels with him. Tai plans to continue his education and competition career in both dressage and eventing and has become a valuable member of the Lauren Chumley Dressage family.
Kymberly Pullen is from Sugar Land, Texas where she began riding hunter/jumpers at the age of 11. In high school she taught beginner lessons at Southern Breeze Equestrian Center while competing her two OTTB’s in the hunters. She then attended Texas A&M where she obtained a degree in Business and Animal Science. She has always had lofty goals, so it was an obvious move to the east coast to get her foot in the door of the sporthorse industry. Shortly after moving to Chester County, PA (the most Olympic Equestrian dense county in the USA) she became Silva Martin’s assistant for four years, gaining invaluable knowledge on running a business and training horses. In 2014, she started her own business, Kymberly Rhea Dressage, which was focused on training young horses up the levels and helping adult amateurs reach their goals with their own horses. A few years later, Kymmy stumbled upon her passion for horse sales and realized this is where she wanted to direct her focus while also continuing to develop her self-made International Grand Prix horse, Hot Date, FEI horse Sir Eastwood, five-year-old Mojito, and four-year-old Nadal. After 11 years in Pennsylvania, Kymmy has moved to New Jersey to join the Lauren Chumley Dressage team to help with the sales empire expansion!
Lillian Mikulski is from Hunterdon County, NJ, where she began riding at a young age. She started in the western ring then dabbled in the hunter/jumper ring before finally finding her passion for combined driving and dressage. She has trained with Sara Schmitt for numerous years before coming to Lauren Chumley Dressage. She has had the opportunity to train many horses up the levels, and has earned her USDF Bronze and Silver medals. Lily plans to develop her young horse Storyteller ZA up to the Grand Prix level.
Want to learn more about the sport of international dressage and what it takes to be part of a team at a large training and competition barn? Are you a young eventing rider who wants to improve your dressage skills so you can kick everyone's butt long before hitting the cross-country course? We speak your language and we want you. Laid-back environment with a really great group of people and horses. Must have a sense of humor, be willing to break a sweat and get dirty, like Fjords, and enjoy donuts. We do literally everything: starting young horses, riding FEI horses, sales horses, good horses, bad horses, lazy horses, fat horses, strangely-bred horses, and lots of cool ponies. This position would include riding with housing available and a chance to bring your own horse, as well as possible future opportunities to be stuck with us forever as a full-time staff member at Lauren Chumley Dressage. Upper level experience not required but a solid seat and an open mind are. P.S. - This is also a PAID position. You won't get rich here but we don't expect you to starve to death. Contact Lauren to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org.