Laura Jakubauskas is a Lifetime professional equestrian trainer, coach and rider specializing in Jumper, Hunter, Equitation and Dressage disciplines. Over 100 individual and team rated wins including Four International Grand Prix Show Jumping titles.
Laura has a great passion for teaching and enjoys seeing her students’ progress in whatever discipline they are in. She enjoys helping all levels of riders. Her philosophy for teaching and training is to achieve the highest level of fitness for horse and rider for their respected disciplines by using compassion, respect, and consideration.
Laura attended college at Lynchburg College in Virginia where she rode on the intercollege team for four years, majoring in Business. Her senior year she was asked to help teach and train some of the greener horses. She quickly realized that her heart was with horses and started her own business at the age of 25. She had a very successful business for 26 years. During this time, she trained hunters, jumpers, equitation, dressage and coached 1000’s of riders in all different disciplines. Laura has extensive training with Terry Rudd, Anne Kursinski, Joe Fargis, Peter Leone ( who are all Olympic athletes). All of these trainers did regular clinics at her facility.
A highlight of her career was bringing along young horses to reach their greatest potential. She trained many young jumpers that went on to have great careers with one being a small Dutch horse named Ovation (owned by the breeder Iron Spring Farm) who competed successfully through 1.45 meter jumpers and was eventually sold to Markus Fuchs of Switzerland. This horse won the 1.60 Grand Prix of La Baule and the puissance class. Laura had much success in the Grand prix’ through the International jumpers with many different mounts, such as Locked & Loaded, Artemis, Fiona, Kosmos, Blue Ice, Mirage and Counterfoil to name a few.
Laura was also asked to represent the Lithuanian Olympic team in the late 90’s but needed to live in Europe for 6 months to establish residency which was not possible to leave her business at that time. Laura has competed at all the major east coast shows with winning Grand Prix’s and placing well in international classes as well.
Laura coached the University of Delaware IHSA team for 20 years where they won the national title one year and won many awards in zones and regionals.