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An impulsive birthday gift of riding lessons for a six-year-old and the tender tutelage of an aging Appaloosa named Fred were the start of a lifelong love of horses and riding for Lauren Kieffer.
Lauren was born and raised in a rural community of Southern Illinois called Mt. Carmel, where she competed in local hunter/jumper and 4-H shows for many years. At the age of 12, Lauren began training at Susannah Lansdale’s eventing barn and competed her own horses, as well as horses in training throughout high school.
In 2005, at the age of 18, Lauren’s talent, positive attitude and commitment to her sport earned her an opportunity to begin training and working for Olympians Karen and David O’Connor in Virginia and Florida. Separately, Karen and David have world-class careers, together they have become a powerhouse of American eventing.
Throughout her time with the O’Connor Event Team Lauren has matured into a fantastic horseman, trainer and competitor. Over the years, she has gone from working student to paid employee to now running her own business.
- 2018 Land Rover/ USEF Spring Competition Grant Receipient
- Named to Developing Training List 2018
- 17th Place, 2017 Badminton Horse Trials CCI4*
- Named to Elite Training List 2017
- 2016 Rio Olympic USA Eventing Team
- 2016 Great Meadow Nations Cup Team Gold
- 2016 Aachen Nations Cup Team
- 2016 USEF National CCI4* Champion
- Named to World Class Training List 2016
- 2015 Pan American Games Team Gold
- 2015 Aachen Nations Cup Team Bronze
- Winner of 2014 USEF National CCI 4* Championship!
- Placed 2nd at the 2014 Rolex Kentucky CCI 4*
- Named to World Class Training List 2015
- A member of 2013 USA Nations Cup team at Boekelo
- Completed Rolex in 2010
- Selected to the USEF High Performance training list in 2009
- Named to the 2013 USEF Under 25 Developing Rider Program
- Earned 2 North American Young Rider Championship medals
- National High Point Champion in the Arab Horse Association Open Event Incentive Program
- Awarded the Markham Trophy for the highest placed Young Rider at a CCI***
- Selected three times for the United States Equestrian Team Developing Rider List.
Lauren now has an exciting string of horses at all levels. She is based out of High Acre Stables in The Plains, VA in the summer and Meredyth South Farm in Ocala, FL in the winters