Lauren Shannon

"Enjoy it for what it is, it's a fantastic sport. When it goes right it's amazing but heart breaking when it goes wrong. Strap in and enjoy yourself."

About Lauren

Lauren was born in Brighton and moved with her family to Utah in the USA when she was three. Although she discovered horses at a young age, up until her early teens she had only ridden in a western saddle. Fortunately from the age of fifteen I was based with, and mentored by, Mark and Tanya Kyle who themselves are established International Four Star Event Riders. Working on their yard and riding any horse she could, provided Lauren with a rounded education in both horse care and riding, providing her with a real insight into what it meant to be a professional event rider. With their guidance, Lauren was able to achieve my first goal of riding in the GB Under 21 Team, winning a Gold medal on her first ever event horse. An amazing mare called Quixotic (Delphi) whom Lauren produced up the levels. In time, as Lauren progressed as a rider she began renting stables from the Kyle's in order to start her own business producing and selling young horses and teaching students. Lauren purchased her second horse, Zero Flight (Louie). A combination of inexperience and Louie's cheekiness ensured an undulating rise through the levels alongside Delphi. By 2012 both horses had achieved placings at 4 Star, with us winning Best u25 Rider at Burghley two years running, as well as best first timer at both events and Best British Mare at Badminton Horse Trials. A top 10 finish at Burghley saw Zero Flight selected for Team GB's World Class Programme and then subsequently the 2012 London Olympics long list. Fast forward a few more years and after lots more eventing and a huge amount of support from clients plus careful planning, hard work, and some luck we have managed to build her own yard. From here Lauren is growing the livery business which helps to underpin some of the costs of eventing her own horses.

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