Lauren Sprieser’s international dressage career began with a bicycle.
A family bike ride led to the discovery of a nearby stable, offering beginner riding lessons in the sport of dressage. Lauren’s mother, Judy, signed the pair up for lessons. Little did they know that less than 8 years later, Lauren would be representing her country for the first time in international competition.
After spending her youth with lessons on horses at local riding stables, Lauren’s first foray into international-level dressage came with Bellinger, a lanky and tricky Trakehner gelding. Lendon Gray was Lauren’s first world-class trainer, and helped foster a tremendous partnership between Lauren and “Billy,” which led to Team Bronze at the 2003 NAYRC, and then open Grand Prix competition while still a Young Rider.
Lauren and the Holsteiner gelding L’Etoile 6 earned both Team Gold at the 2005 NAYRC and an incredible opportunity – the chance to train in Germany with Olympic Gold Medalist Monica Theodorescu and her Olympian father, Georg. Lauren took a semester off from her studies in Public Policy and Urban Planning at Sarah Lawrence College to learn from these great masters, and to taste the reality of running a world-class training center.
It was a taste that would prove crucial. Upon graduating from college, Lauren spent a year as a working student for several exceptional trainers, including Olympic Bronze Medalist Carol Lavell, before setting up her own business in Marshall, Virginia in the fall of 2007.
Lauren quickly established herself as a top trainer of riders from green to Grand Prix across several disciplines, with students ranging from the 2008 US Eventing Beginner Novice Rider of the Year to a long-listed rider for the Canadian Pan American Games Team, from local walk-trot champions to NAJYRC contenders. But she also has become well-known for producing FEI horses, including:
–Clairvoya, Young Rider Grand Prix winner at USEF Festival of Champions 2009
–Victorious, 4th Place at USEF Developing Grand Prix Championships 2012
–Ellegria, long-listed for US Dressage Team @ World Equestrian Games 2014 with Michael Barisone
2017 is a rebuilding year for Lauren, with her developing FEI horse Danny Ocean on the brink of Grand Prix and a group of young horses focusing on training rather than competition. Johnny Road will compete at Third Level in preparation for his sale, and Lauren will focus her energies on her many students from Training Level to FEI while Danny prepares for his Grand Prix debut in 2018.
In addition to riding and training, Lauren has become a popular social media figure. She is an extremely popular blogger for national equestrian magazine The Chronicle Of The Horse, and writes regularly for magazines like Dressage Today and Practical Horseman. She also has an avid following on Facebook and Twitter, and is particularly gifted at promoting her sponsors in creative ways, through marketing campaigns both online and at her Virginia farm.
Ambitious, talented and gregarious, Lauren Sprieser is one to watch.