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.
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.