Lauren is the eldest daughter of two-time Olympic and Canadian Team member Jay Hayes and his wife Shawn. It didn’t take long for Lauren to develop a love for horses – she was riding by the time she was 2 and entered the show ring at the tender age of 5.
As a junior competitor Lauren tried to get as many “catch rides” as possible on the show circuit in order to improve her ability to ride many different types of horses.
Lauren has successfully made her way through the ranks, from Junior Talent Squad, National Talent Squad, and Young Riders on her mount, Emmanuelle.
While attending of Wilfrid Laurier University, Lauren, along with her feisty horse Avalanche, competed in 2000 Olympic Trials and was a member of the 2002 Nations Cup Team at the WEF International. Since then, Lauren has been awarded many top placings at international events, while coaching numerous young riders at both low and high levels.
Lauren has recently taken some time off to help grow the North Ridge team. Sloan will be 4 in July, and Estée will celebrate her first birthday July 1st!
Lauren is eager to step back in the ring and find her next great horse!
1999 Junior/Amateur Canadian Champion Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
2001 National Talent Squad Champion Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
2001 Team Silver NAJYR Senior Team
2001 6th Place Individually NAJYR Senior Team
2002 2nd Place Nations Cup Team, Wellington, Florida