Horses Behind the Hedges: The hunt jumper world is serious and Sea-Aire Farm trainer, Laura Bowery, takes her business seriously. Whether it is riding on what looks like white sand to jumping the most incredible specimens, Bowery has an almost poetic relationship with her horses who listen intently to their ‘mom.’ And when shes not training her incredible riders, she herself trains and jumps her own horses. Watching her jump is magical. In 30 minutes laura taught me to change my position and ‘ride towards the jump, which is an amazing metaphor for life. She also said when you ask a horse to do something, be specific and ask once, which is also a good metaphor. She is an incredible mother and has been a staple on the Equestrian team in both the Hamptons and Wellington, Florida. Riding is a commitment and the rewards are priceless. I love sharing my knowledge about riding and horses. They are such amazing, generous creatures and I feel so grateful to not only have them in my life but my children’s. They teach such incredible things such as patience, hard work, love, and resilience.
The most important advice I was given in the/ my sport of show jumping (and this pertains to real life as well) is that we are NEVER finished learning. “We can take something from every horse, jump, lesson, person and situation to grow and improve. The second is that the day we think we know it all, is the day we finish growing as a rider, trainer, and person.”
Thank you Laura, for an amazing experience!
About Laura Bowery:
Laura Bowery began riding at the age of three, with a dream to be a member of the United States Equestrian Team. In 1999, she realized her dream as a US Equestrian Team Member and winner of two Nations Cups. Laura started riding in Huntington, New York with the Rice family. She competed successfully in the junior ranks, riding in all three equitation finals from age 12-17. As a professional, she continued to work with the Rice family and had the opportunity to work for Margie Goldstein Engle. At Margie’s stable in Florida, she managed, groomed, and rode some of the top horses in the country at the time, such as Salute and Daydream. In her professional career she has worked with and continues to compete against some of the sports’ greatest riders and trainers: Katie Prudent, Anne Kursinski, Joe Fargis, Maclain Ward, Norman Dello Joio, Eric Lamaze, Jimmy Torano, and Rodrigo Pessoa. She owns and operates Sea-Aire Inc., a top show jumping, hunter, and equitation stable based in Watermill, New York. Laura is a member of the Advisory Board for the Hampton Classic.