A little about me....
My name is Lauren Smith and currently 23! I started riding at the young age of 3 and owned my first pony when I was 7 who was a county level show pony completely the wrong first pony for me as I spent most of my time sat on the floor eating sand. However I persisted, finally we clicked and were achieving wins in the show ring, I had her for 11 years until she was put to sleep. I now compete horses in the show ring for other people at a national level which I love and without that naughty little 128cm show pony I don't think I would be where I am today. As well as showing I bred traditional gypsy cobs, showing our stock and finally selling them on. Right now I am in the finally stages of being qualified as Equionlogy Equine Body Worker, I hope to be fully qualified early 2015. I am very lucky to have a good friend who I help out at times in between everything else she is an international show jumper. With her I have travelled all over Europe, Spain, France and Belgium. I was lucky enough to work a nations cup with the GB team a show and experience I will never forget. Something you might not know about me! I also show chickens at a national level!
Here’s a little about my qualifications;
National Certificate in Horse Management. Double Distinction. At college I also research a national research final held at the Royal Veterinary College in London. Based on my research into the effect the circadian rhythm has on body temperature. Here I gained 2nd prize with my presentation.
BSc Equine Science Physiology. First Class Honours. During my 3rd and final year at university I gained a first class with my dissertation; the effects stud hole placement has on traction. The university decided to put my research into a national competition based on all equine dissertations throughout the UK. I made the final an international veterinary conference where I was asked to present my research. I was extremely proud the conference had previously been held in South Africa and Germany however my year the conference was held in Liverpool not as exotic but never the less I was still overwhelmed.
Equinology Equine Body Work; I am currently in the last stage before I come qualified and working on my externship which should get me full qualified early 2015.
In 2014 I became sponsored by Galloping Geldings ready for TOYS (Traditional Of The Year Show). I fly the flag for galloping geldings all around the country and over Europe.
I would just like to thank Sharon for everything she has done, nothing is ever too much trouble and I am pretty sure she works 24/7...!!!
My first monthly blog update.What a way to start,this week has been huge! I qualified after 7 years of college ,uni and further study to be an equine sports therapist!Two days later we had our first proper BSPS 2b at Warren Farm ,of course Galloping geldings was there which was great and I got to share the news with Sharon!We came 2nd in the M&M Open Large Breeds and I also won the Black County Saddles Rider and qualified for the final at the summer champs!Since my last blog I have also started working part-time for team Hollings which is amazing!Between this,starting up my therapy business and the support of galloping Geldings it is a really exciting time.
So much has happened since my last blog!
To start with the business has a name ,we are North West Equine Bodybuilder (NWEB) and we are up and running on social media.We have started working with HAPPA its amazing to be working wit these horses and being a valuable member of their team.It's the first tome they have had a sprts therapist within the team watching the horses progress fromwhen they arrive,then watching them being rehommed and being continually part of their wellness programme.We also worked at Bolesworth CSI*******International Showjumping Show on a top 7 year old who was competing in the world ranking classes.
Competing wise the highland has been impeccable ,he has been BSPS ridden M&M Champion and qualified for 2 national finals.The young traditional cob has been to his first big show and has qualified for young stock of the year down at TOYS.Finally ,we have been quiet with the chickens and focusing on the big agricultural shows coming up! I hope everyone is looking forward and hopefully attending the Royal Lancashire Show this year!!I will be ther both days over the weekend competing.!!
~Summer is here!!!! As you know I specialise in equine sports massage and we are flat out! It really is brilliant to see clients out and about getting fantastic results. On a personal note we have had a quite start to the season just popping along to a few shows and done fairly well picking up a few championships . We will start to get busy over the next couple of weeks with shows. The incubator is also working hard ready producing our next string of hens ready for the show ring. Here's our website www.nweb.org.uk