We are very excited to announce our first sponsored rider – Lauren Hill at Seaborne Farm.
Lauren’s desire to ride horses began at a young age growing up on her family’s Connemara breeding farm. She went on to compete some of the breeding operations foundation ponies extensively in the hunter ring. As an active member of the United States Pony Club she earned her C-2 rating and attended Show Jumping, Dressage, Tetrathelon, and Combined Training Rallies. She has trained with notables such as Canadian Olympian Harold Chopping, South African Olympian Mark Stopford, top equitation rider and r Hunter Judge Jennifer Johnston, French Canadian Olympian Gilles Casavant, R Hunter Judge George Wallace, R Hunter Judge and IHSA Coach Thom Pollard, Dr. Melyni Worth (Ph. D., P.A.S., BASAI Britain, Equine Nutrition), and 3-Day Eventer Laura Patterson.
During her junior and amateur career she successfully competed at the “C” and “A” show levels where she earned many year end high point awards and equitation final titles. In 1999 she was the NCHJA “C” Children’s Hunter and Equitation Age group 15-17 Year End Champion and the winner of the Triangle Farms Equitation Cup Finals. In 2000 she continued her success with the NCHJA “A” Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Year End Champion award, was named HITS Culpeper two-time Best Amateur Rider and Circuit Reserve Champion, and was a Marshall and Sterling League Adult Hunter Classic National Qualifier. In 2003 she went on to win the Brian Jones Adult Equitation Medal Finals with farm stallion Seaborne’s Schooner as well as earning high score awards with the American Sport Pony Registry and the American Connemara Pony Society.
Lauren graduated from North Carolina State University in 2007 with degrees in Agribusiness Management and Livestock Management. While attending, she held executive positions with the NCSU equestrian team as sponsor chair and president. During her time riding for the team she earned Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Reserve High Point Open Level Equitation Rider in 2003-2004 and 2006-2007. In 2006-2007 she was an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Open Level Equitation National Qualifier finishing as one of the top eighteen intercollegiate riders in the nation.
In the 2012-2013 show season Lauren qualified and competed her horse Fuerst Felicity in the International Hunter Derby Championships in Lexington, KY.
Lauren has been featured in Equus Magazine and Pony Enthusiast Magazine with Seaborne Farms stallion Seaborne’s Schooner in which the two were described as an “outstanding sport pony and rider pair” as well as featured in Hunter and Sport Magazine in an article titled “Finesse Over Fences” in which she was pictured as an example of a polished amateur rider. Most notably Lauren appeared in Practical Horseman in a George Morris photo critique titled “Four Nicely Done Releases” in which he referred to her as a “stylist”.