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 Third Level dressage and Novice level eventing; Carol Smith's Oldenburg mare Laurel in her first FEI tests in 2017; as well as several outstanding Norwegian Fjord horses for Full Moon Farm. The most recent additions to her show string include Steve Tarshis' Oldenburg gelding Serengeti and Chris Preston's Hanoverian gelding Dartmouth and KWPN gelding Dexter, all three of which will be aimed towards the USEF Young and Developing Horse Program this year.
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 Second Level dressage and Novice level eventing at both the regional/area and national levels, as well as FMF Liesl in First Level dressage and Beginner Novice eventing.
Jessica is a 21-year-old USDF Bronze and Silver medalist who has been working as part of the Lauren Chumley Dressage team since 2015. She has been involved with horses since climbing onto her first wild pony at age seven, and she began her formal equine education in Pony Club and evented through the lower levels. Jessica has also helped manage her family's boarding facility in Ohio since she was 15. In 2013, she was invited to participate in Lendon Gray's Dressage4Kids Winter Intensive Training Program, an opportunity which opened many doors for (and the eyes of) Jessica, solidifying her love of dressage. Through D4K she acquired her current horse Majestik LHF and they have learned a lot together. In 2016 they were Reserve Champions at the Great American/USDF Region 1 Championships in both the Fourth Level Young Rider division and the Young Rider Prix St. Georges, as well as placing fifth in the Open Fourth Level Freestyle Championship. Jessica has now set her sights on earning her USDF Gold medal and participating in the USEF Under-25 Grand Prix/Brentina Cup program. This, and her love of donuts, has made her fit right in at Lauren Chumley Dressage!
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. We are currently looking for a fabulous working student (or two) for the 2017 season. 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.