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Goode Rider Athlete Lauren Billys
At this point, it seems almost silly that Goode Rider athlete Lauren Billys would be doing anything other than riding. However, her path wasn’t always so obvious. Although Lauren grew up riding horses, she was not certain that she wanted to pursue an equestrian career. She attended Fresno State University in California’s San Joaquin Valley, where she earned a double degree in Enology and Chemistry in 2013. Lauren was even named the distinguished student in the Department of Enology and Viticulture. But her love of riding persisted, as well. Having competed in three-day eventing in her youth — her first horse, Texas Ranger, taught her the ropes of lower-level competition —  she founded her own training business, Lauren Billys Eventing, while still in college.

Big Dreams

Near the end of her college career, the opportunity arose for Lauren to compete in the Olympic Games. Since her grandmother is Puerto Rican, she is eligible to ride on behalf of the island territory. She decided to put her wine career on hold, at least for the time being. “I told myself I would give myself a fair shot to achieve my Olympic dream until 2016 and then decide if I would dive back into the wine industry,” she explains.
The path to Rio was a long one. In addition to all the training and preparation that goes into an Olympic run, Lauren had to do some serious fundraising. She raised money and formed a syndicate to purchase her mount, Castle Larchfield Purdy. Eventually, Lauren made it to Rio de Janeiro in 2016, becoming the first eventer in history to represent Puerto Rico at the Olympics. “It was the most fulfilling and magical riding I have done in my life,” she says. “This event gave me a new perspective on the meaning of ‘team.’ The owners, veterinarians, grooms, coaches and people behind the scenes make a moment like this unrepeatable and so powerful.”
The experience also had a profound impact on her career. “As I finished the Rio Olympics, I came through the finish flags and almost instinctually committed to competing at the top of the sport for the rest of my life.

Looking Ahead

Now based in Carmel Valley, California, Lauren has a whole host of accomplishments under her belt. In addition to the 2016 Olympic Games, she competed in the 2015 Pan American Games, as well the 2011 Games in Guadalajara, Mexico (on the mare Ballingowan Ginger). More recently, she was the 2017 Chef d’equip for the Area VI Gold Medal eventing team. Lauren has also racked up a long list of high USEA rankings and wins at upper-level events in the U.S.
She also has a promising stable of up-and-coming horses. One of her recent acquisitions is a swanky five-year old German Sport Horse, Can Be Sweet. Known around the barn as Charlie, he has “the gallop, movement and jump to be as elegant as any at the top of the sport.” Her other new new ride, Caletina, is a six-year-old Holsteiner mare. “She is an amazing jumper with a fighting spirit,” Lauren notes. Like Purdy, both horses are owned by syndicates (all of which still have a few shares up for grabs).
Her immediate plans for these two and her longtime partner Purdy are bold. “I would like to get both my new horses out this year.  Charlie needs to compete in the five-year-old YEH, and I would like to get Purdy qualified for next year’s World Equestrian Games.”

Hard Work

“I love the relationships I get to make with each horse, particularly the ones I get to show and compete to reach the top of the sport,” says Lauren. It takes a lot of hard work to make that happen. Every day at Lauren Billys Eventing begins at 7am as she feeds and clean stalls before starting a full day of riding and teaching, usually around eight horses a day, six days a week. “Each horse and rider has different goals,” she says. “It is my job to help build positive experiences to make each horse and rider journey as successful as possible.”
Her Goode Rider breeches are up to the task through all of it. “I love that the breeches are so stylish and unbelievably durable. I ride horses all day, every day and have yet to wear out a pair of GR breeches. Plus, their styles for each season are so fun and attractive. I always get questions about my outfits.”
Although she tries to give herself one day off a week to hike and cook (and cheer on her fiancé when he competes in Spartan Racing, which involves navigating a high-intensity obstacle course), she admits that you have to clock in the hours. “Learn to work hard even when you are tired,” the Goode Rider athlete advises aspiring professionals. “Don’t be a victim of your circumstances but a champion because of them.”

Lauren Billys

Athlete Description

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

Athlete Description

Mette Rosencrantz is a highly respected and experienced FEI dressage trainer and competitor who has brought several horses and riders all the way up to International Grand Prix level.

Mette started her career at a very young age and has since then been very successful.

Born in Sweden, Mette was for many years a member of the Swedish Dressage Team before moving to the US and becoming a US citizen.

Mette has competed at many big international shows with victories both in the US, Europe and Australia.

She is a seven-time US National Championship competitor, she has won the US Dressage Final in Kentucky, NY, and one of many other highlights in her career is when she won the Invitational Grand Prix during the FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas.

In 2017, Mette was selected to represent the United States and competed twice as a member of the American Team in the FEI Nations Cup, in Denmark and Sweden.

Mette is as respected as a trainer as she is in the show ring. In 2010 Mette was selected as the Team official for the Malaysian Team at the Asian Games in China.

In addition to her teaching degree, she has a Master’s degree in physical/sport education from Stockholm University.

She was one of the first ones to observe the health and physic for riders with her book “Stretching for riders”.

Mette has both produced her own series of educational riding videos and been part of other dressage training videos online. Over the years Mette has also authored numerous articles in different Equestrian Magazines.

Mette recently made a move to Arroyo Del Mar in San Diego from Los Angeles, CA, where she has been running a very successful business for the last 30 years. Arroyo Del Mar is a beautiful top class facility where she is able to focus on her own riding and training as well as teaching students on all levels.

Mette is also a very popular clinician and has taught a lot of clinics throughout the US over the years as well as being the presenters of Expos in both US and Canada.

The key to Mette’s success is her strong passion and love for the horses, her dedication to the sport and her hard work throughout the years.

This is just a tiny bit of everything she has accomplished, the list can go on forever!

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