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 Knollman at 14 and during this time Lauren also worked with 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 Syclla 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 small tour dressage and also at Training level eventing; Carol Smith's Oldenburg mare Laurel at small tour; as well as several outstanding Norwegian Fjord horses for Full Moon Farm. The most recent additions to her show string include the Oldenburg mare Santa Barbara DASH (who competes in both dressage and eventing) and Chris Preston's four-year-old KWPN gelding Kyro. She also competes Rita Reynolds' KWPN mare Atlanta B at the CCI2* level of eventing.
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 moving on to foxhunting at age 12. She then moved into eventing under trainer Lindsay Staiano-Williams where she competed to the Novice Level before moving to Danville, Va. to attend college at Averett University where she majored 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 joing 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 Training level eventing at both the regional/area and national levels, as well as FMF Liesl in Third Level dressage and Beginner Novice eventing.
Kendall Cox, from St. Louis, Missouri, began riding at the age of 5 and started dressage at the age of 17. Before dressage, Kendall rode Morgans, Saddlebreds, and Haflingers, showing saddleseat, hunter pleasure, and driving. In 2017, she was a participant in Lendon Gray's Winter Intensive Training Program. After three months training with Lendon in Florida, she became a working student for Catherine Haddad Staller for five months. After working for Catherine, she studied at the University of Findlay, earning her Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies in May of 2019. Throughout her time in school, she traveled with University coach Nicole Thüngen to Germany and studied at the PSVWE riding school in Vechta for her small bronze medal and the German Riding School in Warendorf for her large bronze and silver German riding and lunging medals. In the summer of 2018, she had the opportunity to work for the Hannoveraner Verband in Verden, Germany for three months as an auction rider, learning to break and train young auction horses. She is currently working on her silver medal with her D4K horse, Davidor 4, and showed Prix St. Georges and Intermediare 1 with him this past summer, and she hopes to continue her training into the U25 with him in Florida.
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.
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: email@example.com.