Hometown: Wellington, Florida
Discipline: Show Jumping
It is no surprise that Lauren Hough was riding before she could walk, as she was born into a family of accomplished equestrians. Her father, Charles “Champ” Hough, was a Team Bronze medalist in eventing at the 1952 Olympic Games while her mother, Linda Hough, an acclaimed hunter/jumper rider and trainer, operated a successful show stable for over 25 years. Beginning her career competing in northern California in the pony ring, the jumps did not stay small for long as Hough rose up the hunter and equitation ranks, ultimately finding her true passion in the jumper ring. Hough began collecting accolades at a young age, winning the prestigious USEF Show Jumping Talent Search in 1994.
In 2000, at the age of 23, Hough reached the pinnacle of the sport of show jumping, making her Olympic Games debut in Sydney. Hough has represented the U.S. at three successful Pan American Games. In 2003, she demonstrated her tenacity, riding in the Pan American Games selection trials with a broken collarbone. Not only did she earn a spot on the U.S. team but went on to help the U.S. to Team Gold at the Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At the 2007 Pan American Games, success continued when she and Casadora were members of the Bronze medal-winning U.S. team. Last summer, Hough earned her first Individual medal at the 2015 Pan American Games, a Bronze, with Ohlala. The pair also aided the U.S. to a Team Bronze medal.
Hough is a veteran of team competition, aiding the U.S. to many top-place finishes throughout her career. In addition to her numerous wins on multiple continents, she has made six FEI World Cup Jumping Final appearances.
During her downtime, Hough enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and entertaining, as well as reading and working out at the gym.