Local Talent: Lauren Pleasance, Bend OR

Lauren Pleasance is a 17 year old Senior at Summit High School.  She’s been riding since the age of five with many years at Some Day Farm with Catherine Cruger and more recently at Starnes Equestrian with Simone Starnes in Tumalo, OR.  

Lauren’s equestrian journey has taken her from Pony Club in Central Oregon and Woodside, California, to Pony Hunters, Short Stirrup Hunters/Equitation, Capital Challenge Pony Hunter Championships and most recently to the 3’6” Equitation and Medal/Medal Finals.  Lauren is currently enjoying the jumper ring while competing side by side with her mother, Lisa Pleasance, in the 1.20-1.30M Jumper Divisions.

Equestrian highlights for the past year include winning the 1.20-1.30M Jumper Classic at the Bend City Opener, finishing 4th in the USHJA 1.20M Junior Jumper Team Championships in Thermal, CA, and recently being accepted as a Wild Card Applicant into the Gold Star Clinic at the Desert International Horse Park in Jan 2020.  This event is hosted by USHJA and Olympic caliber clinicians including Kirsten Coe and Mandy Porter.  

Beyond horses, Lauren is in the midst of college applications with an eye towards Animal Science and ultimately becoming a veterinarian.  She’s been accepted at Colorado State University and several other colleges which should allow her to continue her riding while pursuing her degree.  She currently lives in Tumalo and helps to care for the dozen or more horses at Meridian Peaks Farm from feeding and cleaning, to general horse care and management.  Lauren is also a beautiful singer and plays the guitar, piano and flute.

Her family and friends wish her a successful and inspiring 2020!

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