With over fifty years of family heritage in the show hunter arena, Lauren comes from a long line of success on the national level with hunters and jumpers. In 1997, her family was honored to have Mary Swan Sprague Iselin’s thoroughbred gelding Cap N Gown inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. And in 2017 was honored again to have the show hunter Old Dominion added to the list of National Show Hunter Hall of Fame inductees. 

As a junior, Lauren had a successful junior career showing in the Medal/Maclay, USET Young Riders Talent Search Finals, as well as the hunter and jumper divisions under the training of Jack Towell and Ronnie Mutch. Some of Lauren’s more prestigious awards include guiding her mare, Moon Dance, to be the 2001 AHSA (USEF) horse of the year in the Regular Working Confirmation for Zone 4, best child rider for the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Shows, Reserve Champion at the Washington International Horse Show as well as championships throughout the country including WEF, HITS, and many more. Starting her intercollegiate career at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Lauren had a successful intercollegiate tenure showing at the ISHA national horse show. In 2001 she had the honor of representing the United States at a collegiate nations cup in Hanover, Germany where she placed seventh. After transferring to Carleton College in Northfield, MN, she had great success as a Cacchionne Cup qualifier and IHSA national horse show top ten competitor for four consecutive years. As the coaching captain of the Carleton College equestrian team, Lauren also competed at the ANRC competition and led the team to many regional, zone, and national awards. After graduating Cum Laude with a combined degree in Sociology/Anthropology, Lauren enrolled at Georgia Southern University where she graduated with her MBA. 

As a professional, Lauren was granted her USHJA certification in 2010. She joined the USHJA mentorship program under Ron Danta, the current USHJA chairman. She was the leading WCHR developing professional hunter rider in 2013 until pregnancy requifred a break from the show ring. Most recently she has stepped back into the show ring with top ribbons at the National Derby level and continues to coach her riders to the top of the industry. Each year she coaches riders to the World Champion Hunter Rider finals at the Capital Challenge horse show. Most recently, her riders enjoyed wins at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida and are planning a wonderful summer schedule at the Tryon Internatioal Equestrian Center in Tryon, NC 

   

Lauren Flexon Marcinkoski