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.
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!