Laura is a 25 year old International Eventer based in West Sussex where she has a small yard of up to 10 horses. Laura started riding at the age of 4 and progressed up through the levels in the Pony Club on her first pony who gave Laura her first taste of producing horses and eventing. Laura then went on to compete and win at numerous Pony Club and NSEA Championships on young horses whilst under the age of 18, including winning the Pony Club Intermediate Eventing Championships on 6yo, Akarlo T.
From the age of 14, Laura worked at show jumping and sales yards around school hours. Upon leaving school after her A-levels in 2013, Laura started a working pupil position with GB Olympic eventer, Gemma Tattersall. Laura was a working pupil and rider for Gemma for three and a half years where she learnt a huge amount about running a top level yard and managing high performance horses. Gemma gave Laura the perfect kick start to her career.
In between riding for Gemma and running her own yard at home, Laura rode for Donal Barnwell, The Billy Stud, for two years, gaining invaluable experience riding the young horses and learning true horsemanship skills.
Along with competing, training and coaching, Laura still continues to further her education. In 2015, age 21, Laura passed the Pony Club A test with distinction and in 2016 she gained her UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification to become a BHS Professional Accredited Coach.
2013 was also the year Laura purchased Willem van Wup, the horse who has brought them both international success. 2014 saw Laura win the South East Eventers League under 21 section after a successful 5yo year with Willem van Wup, culminating with competing at the Burghley Young Event Horse Final and Osberton Young Horse Championships. In 2015 and 2016 they successfully made the steps up the young horse levels and then 2017 was the year they really started to shine.
In 2017, Laura and 8yo Willem van Wup came 2nd in the CIC** at Barbury Castle, stepped up to Advanced level and came 6th in the CCI** in Lignieres, France. This was their first long format and overseas event, where they also came away the best Brit in a field of 4* and senior championship combinations.
2018 was a big year with Willem van Wup and Laura successfully stepped up to 3*, gaining a double clear and 14th at Barbury CIC***. They also lead the dressage phase at both Chatsworth CIC*** and the British Intermediate Championships at Gatcombe. The season culminated in Laura becoming the winner of the Mark Todd Bridging the Gap Scholarship for 2018/19 as well as being accepted onto the BEF Young Professionals Programme.
2019 was Laura’s busiest season to date with a big variety of horses to event at all levels. Highlights of the season include finishing 3rd in the CCI3*Lu25 at Tattersalls International Horse Trials on Zorro Rocco and 3rd in the CCI3*S at Belton Park International on Willem van Wup. Laura and Willem van Wup also completed two CCI4*L events at Tattersalls and Blenheim Palace, gaining their 5* qualification. Laura rode young horse, Marengo Bonaparte, to the win at Barbury BYEH 4yo qualifier, leading by 6 marks.
The 2019 season rounded off with it being Laura’s first year in the BE Top 100 Rider rankings in 83rd position, from her results on Zorro Rocco, Willem van Wup and numerous top 3 placings at Intermediate on Porsche, owned by May-Britt Wedd.