• FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking Number 1: Laura Graves (USA) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking Number 1: Laura Graves (USA) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

  • Longines Rankings Show Jumping Number 1: Harrie Smolders (NED) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    Longines Rankings Show Jumping Number 1: Harrie Smolders (NED) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

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 Laura GRAVES

 

   

Family

Partner Curt Maes

Residence

Oviedo, FL, USA

Occupation

Business Owner, Horse Trainer

Languages

English

General Interest

Nicknames

Lou (equinejournal.com, 05 Apr 2017)

Memorable sporting achievement

Winning bronze in the team event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (dressage-news.com, 22 Feb 2017)

Injuries

In 2009 she broke her back after falling from a horse. (equinejournal.com, 05 Apr 2017)

Sporting philosophy / motto

"We all have a competitive edge inside of us. You should be fair, follow the rules and do your best, but you should never apologise for being good at what you do." (modernwellnessguide.com, 01 Apr 2017)

Other information

STABLES She runs CrossTies LLC, an equestrian training and boarding facility in Geneva, FL, United States of America. (Facebook profile, 03 May 2018; equinejournal.com, 05 Apr 2017; crosstiesllc.com, 2017) CAREER CHOICE She intended to pursue a career in hairdressing before she was partnered with her horse Verdades. Although the mount could be difficult to handle, she recognised the potential in him. "I was a hairstylist. I had moved to Boston [United States of America], and that's what I was going to do, but then I said to myself, 'Now is the time'. I was young and had never sat on a horse of this quality before. I said to myself, 'I have this horse in my life who, if I had to buy him at this age, I could never afford. I'm at a point in my life where I can take an escape from what I'm doing for a job'. And I went and tried to make it happen in Florida. I packed up everything and moved." (inc.com, 05 Aug 2016; cnn.com, 10 Jul 2015)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?

She began riding at a young age.

Why this sport?

Her parents traded a washing machine and a tumble dryer in exchange for two ponies for Graves and her sisters to ride.

Club / Team

CrossTies LLC: Geneva, FL, USA

Name of coach

Debbie McDonald [personal], USA, from 2014

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