Lauren joined Team SunFire in 2018, and helped Alana to establish the Riding Academy at SunFire in 2019. Lauren's teaching style places a heavy emphasis on correct horsemanship in and out of the saddle. She enjoys teaching beginner junior riders and returning riders safety, proper horsemanship, and the fundamentals of English riding.
Lauren is a Roseville, CA native who began riding when she was 10 years old, after begging her non-horsey parents to let her take a riding lesson for her 10th birthday. She initially began riding western, but soon switched to hunter/jumper and quickly fell in love with the sport. In 2006, at the age of 10, Lauren began leasing an OTTB gelding named Sunny. In early 2008, Lauren bought her first horse, Dante, an American Warmblood gelding.
Lauren moved to Davis, CA with Dante in 2014 to begin college at UC Davis and take her first steps in fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming an equine veterinarian. Two weeks after college began, Dante broke his right hind leg and had to be retired. Keeping her dream of becoming a veterinarian, while also trying to keep Dante comfortable in his retirement, Lauren was only able to ride when she had the opportunity to catch ride. However, to fund Dante's retirement, Lauren was able to work as a Riding Instructor for the UC Davis Equestrian Center, where she discovered a new passion for teaching.
Lauren graduated from UC Davis in 2018 with a B.S. in Animal Science with an Equine Emphasis. While Lauren achieved her goal and was accepted to veterinary school to start Fall 2019, Lauren decided the place she needed to be was in the ring, teaching others about what she loves more than anything - horses! Lauren currently owns a retired 14-year old OTTB gelding named Gallon, leases a 7-year-old OTTB gelding named Owen, and volunteers for CANTER California to help rehabilitate and retrain horses that come off the racetrack.