Born into a family of equestrians, Lauren Hough was riding before she could walk. Her father, Charles ‘Champ’ Hough took a Bronze Medal at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki and her mother, Linda, was a successful Hunter rider for many years. Little wonder then that Lauren credits her parents as being her biggest inspiration.
Since her beginnings in the pony ring as a small child, Lauren has gone from success to success. Qualifying for the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 aged just 23 was a key moment in her career, as well as winning the National Horse Show Grand Prix back to back in 2001 and 2002, and winning the Team Gold Medal at the Pan American Games (2003). She then went on to win the CN Reliability Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows National (2007), along with a host of other highly prestigious prizes, including the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix (Germany, 2010), the Longines International Grand Prix of Ireland (2011) and the Encana Cup at the Spruce Meadows Masters in 2011.
Having worked with so many amazing horses over the years, Lauren is unable to pick a favourite, and despite her many accolades her motto remains: “It’s all about the horse.”