Goode Girls Gone Riding in France

image020Fashion, Horses, Castles, good Food and Wine have always been my passion. So I can’t even tell you my excitement when we decided to do our first ever Goode Rider wear test in France, riding from Chateaux to Chateaux for 6 days. I enlisted my 2 sisters Teresa (an avid horse woman who breeds and owns 60 Andalusians in Spain, and Anneli (my sister in Sweden who has not ridden in 24 years, but grew up riding, so kind of like riding a bike right?) So 3 sisters came from 3 different countries and met up in Spain and drove up to Dordogne, France where we started our trip.Needless to say we were fully equipped with Goode Rider clothing ,Spring’16 and Fall’17 Collections, to test for each day! Having checked the weather report, rain every day, we came prepared! This is what our car/luggage looked like.

We drove through the French Country side and 5 ½ hours later ended up at our first stop, a Chateaux in the Village of Tremolat, population 666 people in 2007. However, this seemed more of a summer vacation town and since we were in mid May, the whole town was empty. Exactly what we wanted, privacy and seeing the country for what it really was without tourists. Tired, a little jet lagged but excited we settled in to our rooms and were treated like royalty with a 7 course gourmet meal!


Day 1
We were picked up early A.M. by our Equestrian Tour Guide Stéphane Fournier.

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Lauren Billys

Imagine riding your first horse at age eight and twenty years later competing in the Olympics! It was a dream comes true for Lauren Billys who represented Puerto Rico at the Rio Summer Olympics 2016. In doing so, she became the first Puerto Rican to compete in the Olympics since 1988, the year she was born.

Billys grew up in riding in Woodlake, California at the Mountain View Corrals as an eight year old. Her first horse was found in the local classifieds, the “Thrifty Nickel”, and he taught her the ropes of lower level competition. At Mountain View Corrals, she discovered a deep love for riding with her best friends. The thrill of competition and becoming a better horseman led her to teaching and starting her own training business while in college.

In 2011, she competed at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

In 2013, Lauren Billys graduated from Fresno State with a double major in Enology and Chemistry. She was named the distinguished student of the Department of Enology and Viticulture. She holds a spot on the 2013 and 2014 leaderboard as one of the top riders in the United States. Today Billys is the owner and operator of Lauren Billys Eventing in Sanger, California, and she is a seasoned competitor with multiple wins in the sport of three-day eventing.

  • Rio Summer Olympics 2016 – Individual Competition – 44th place
  • Pan American Games 2015 – 18th place
  • Pan American Games 2011

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Mette Rosencrantz

Born in Sweden and twice a member of the Swedish National dressage team, Mette Rosencrantz received her teaching degree at Stromsholm; Sweden’s prestigious school for riding instructors, where she eventually became the head instructor. Mette is currently based in Topanga, California and provides world-class dressage training for the beginner through the Grand Prix level horses and riders.

Currently showing her own horse Cenna successfully in Grand Prix, Mette is a five-time National Champion Competitor and has brought several horses to Grand Prix level. Among her many achievements, Mette recently won the West Palm Beach Grand prix Dressage Derby, on the lovely horse Finally; and is also riding Anne Solbrakke’s horses Rico and De Noir. De Noir won all three classes at the last CDI show in the small tour. In addition, Sokrates, her other horse, is showing PSG and INT 1.

Mette’s teaching and riding skills are highly sought after, and her expertise is in great demand across the country and abroad.

  • 2nd Place, Grand Prix – Open, LA Mid-Winter Dressage & CDI 2014
  • FEI Champion, LA Winter Dressage 2014
  • 1st Place, Prix St. Georges – Open, LA Winter Dressage 2014
  • 1st Place, Prix St. Georges – Open, Dressage at Flintridge 2013
  • 1st Place, Grand Prix Special, Dressage at Flintridge 2013
  • 5th Place, USEF National Intermediare I Championship, USEF Dressage Festival of Champions 2012

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