Lauren started riding dressage at age 10 and has been a dedicated student and teacher in the sport ever since. She was given the opportunity to ride her first FEI horse when she was 16 and competed in the NAYR program in California and Colorado. It was during this time that she was introduced to Guenter Seidel who would become a very influential figure in her riding and training career.
In 2001 Lauren went to Germany as Guenter’s groom and had the opportunity to ride daily on Guenter’s retired Olympic horse Foltaire. She was able to watch Guenter and other top riders from the U.S. and Europe train with Klaus Balkenhol.
In 2003 Lauren moved to San Diego to pursue her education with Guenter and have access to the opportunities Southern California offers to dressage enthusiasts. A year later, she became assistant trainer to Guenter and credits his tutelage for much of her success as a trainer and rider. She has also been influenced by her time studying with Christine Traurig, Herwig Radnetter of the Spanish Riding School, and the late Dietrich von Hopfgarten.
In 2010 she spent three months training with Heidi Gaian and was able to earn her USDF Gold Medal aboard Linda Alexander’s horse Unitario.
Currently, Lauren trains regularly with Guenter and competes two horses owned by Julia Boaz-Cooper at the FEI levels.