what we're about
The main goal at Lauren Knopp Dressage is the creation of harmony between horse and rider, as well as correct dressage training. Lauren believes that having not only correct basics, but also a positive relationship with your horses are the most important aspects in the sport of Dressage.
While proper dressage training is important, we also pride ourselves on our excellent horsemanship and care we provide each individual horse.
Please look around the website, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!
FEI Dressage Trainer // USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist
Lauren Knopp is a 27 year old professional Dressage rider and is based at her family’s boarding facility, IDA Farm in the heart of Wellington. Lauren has had many successful wins, the most notable were in 2009 she was National Junior Reserve Champion at Gladstone, and also Team and Individual Silver Medalist at NAJYRC with her horse "Rho Dance". In 2011 she received her USDF Silver Medal and in 2013 received her USDF Gold Medal. After taking a few years off of showing due to school, she purchased her Young Rider/Brentina Cup mount, "Rantaro". "Rantaro" and Lauren placed third in the Brentina Cup division in 2013. Lauren currently has an 8 year old Oldenburg gelding, "Samoa 52" (Self Made x Hill Hawk xx) and "De Gregory" (Don Gregory x Rubenstein), a 12 year old Oldenburg she plans on doing the Grand Prix with. Her future goals include having the opportunity to represent her country internationally.
Lauren started riding at the age of eight. She immediately fell in love with the sport of Dressage. She started riding at Hollandale Farm near her home town in Elizabeth, Pa. She rode with Terry Mardell until she was thirteen. When her parents realized she was very dedicated to the sport and had the hunger for more, they decided to move to Wellington, Fl after buying a 7 year old Belgian Warmblood, "Nagir de Taillevent" (Lawrence x Top Dream) in order to further Lauren’s education. Since then, Lauren has had the opportunity to work and lesson with many people including the late Patrick Le Rolland, Sasha Newman, Carole Grant, Anne Gribbons, Cesar Torrente, Oded Shimoni, Marco Bernal, Patrick Burssens, and trains with Raul Corchuelo.
IDA FARM IN WELLINGTON, FLORIDA
Lauren Knopp Dressage is based at the newly renovated IDA Farm in Little Ranches. IDA Farm is newly renovated and under new ownership by the Knopp family. IDA now has a total of 130 stalls, 22 paddocks, three oversized round pens, a track and training hill, two covered arenas, and three outdoor arenas. We also offer the treadmill and Theraplate for an additional fee.
With her own personal experience in the Young Rider Program and Brentina Cup, Lauren Knopp brings unparalleled experience to Young Riders looking for a coach to guide them through the process and develop them as FEI riders.
Lauren coached Young Rider, Lian Wolfe, who received the Team Gold Medal for Region One at North American Junior Young Rider Championships held in Parker, CO, in July 2016!
Lauren also specializes in coaching the Adult Amateur rider. Her approach is easy to understand while also providing each rider with the confidence they need to succeed!
Boarding is offered through IDA Farm. Lauren's clients are in a private, top of the line brand new 24 stall barn with 12 paddocks.
Lauren and her staff offer the best care possible for your horse. Horses are fed 3x/day and given hay 4x/day (including night check). Stalls are cleaned twice a day and shavings are added daily. Daily turnout is provided.
Handwalking, administering medicine, wrapping, lunging, and holding for farrier and vet are all available through Lauren Knopp's full care or at an additional fee with partial care.
Extra services include use of treadmill and Theraplate.
In addition to competing her horses and client horses, Lauren has numerous students competing from Training Level through FEI. Lauren accredits her students' success to a well-rounded program and a focus on making showing a fun and positive experience.
Lauren also specializes in developing project and sales horses. Her family's facility, IDA Farm, is known as "the dressage hub in Wellington", which makes it easy for buyers to see available horses.
For her clients, she has many connections in the US and in Europe. Lauren's aim is to find the absolute best match for the rider to be able to reach their goals comfortably.
Several new horses are for sale that are not yet on the website. Please contact Lauren directly.
2008 16.2 Hand NA-KWPN Gelding
Degas SSF would be ideal for a JR/YR or an AA! Shown in Wellington with scores up to 69%! Schooling the PSG and Piaffe work. Degas is super safe and great on trails and at the shows! No stable vices. Degas also was Third Place in the open Third Level at the Year End Gold Coast Dressage awards ceremony during his first time out at Third Level!
1999 16.1 Hand Trakehner Gelding
Great for a JR., YR or confident AA. Extensively shown in Wellington, FL by a professional and by young rider owner. Scores up to 71% at 4th Level, 71% PSG, and 69% I1. Light in the bridle, easy in snaffle or double. Easy 4, 3, and 2 tempi's and schooling awesome passage. No stable vices and loves to trail ride. Multiple USDF All-Breeds award winner, and Region 3 reserve champion at 4th Level. Up to date FEI passport.
2008 16.2 Hanoverian Gelding
"Q" is a 2008 16.2 hh Hanoverian gelding by Quarterback. He has the mind and temperament for an AA, but the quality for a pro! He is safe, sound, and has an in your pocket personality. He is schooling half pass, and has a single flying change, and starting his half steps. He can also jump and loves to go on trail rides. Click on the video for it to play!
1996 16.1 Hand Holsteiner Gelding
Grand Prix dressage horse offered for sale! Rantaro (Rantares x High Voltage) is a 17 year old 16.1 hand Holsteiner gelding. He has competed in the Grand Prix with scores in high 60's. Competed at NAJYRC and was the anchor horse for Region 3 with a 67+%. He placed 6th in the team and 11th individually. In October 2013, he placed third at Festival of Champions in the Brentina Cup division. He a perfect gentleman, no vices, loves to trail, loves to show, sound, low maintenance. Would be perfect for a JR/YR or an AA!
2000 17.3 HAND WESTPHALIAN GELDING
Rossini 234 (Royal Dance x Sandro Song x Sandro) is a 2000 17.3 hand black Grand Prix gelding. Amazing quality! This would be the perfect horse for a Young Rider who wants to be competitive in the U25 or a Professional who wants to compete internationally as well. He has the quality for a professional but would also be suitable for an AA. He is a sweetheart around the barn, and a superstar in the show ring!
"Custom Saddlery makes the best saddles on the market! From their amazing quality down to the customer service - no other saddle can compare. Since I've used Custom Saddlery saddles, my back has been pain free and my horses backs have never felt better. These saddles allow the horses shoulder to be uninhibited, thus allowing the horses shoulders to move freely."
"DSB Boots are made from military grade material and provide extra support on the horses legs. Functionality as well as support are very important to me when it comes to boots. DSB boots are the only boots I trust with my horses."
"Kastel Denmark shirts are a must have in the hot Florida climate. Having many horses to ride in a day, these shirts do a great job keeping me protected from the sun while also keeping me fashionable! These shirts also are antimicrobial, antibacterial, and built in SPF properties."
"I have been using ETA - Equine hay for three years. This hay has been extremely consistent and the quality has been amazing. All of my horses and my client's horses love this hay. Since I loved the quality of their hay so much, I also decided to try their supplements. Needless to say, their supplements are equally amazing! I noticed a difference on one of my horses in two days on the Reflexes!"
"Samshield has amazing quality helmets and gloves. The helmet is comfortable and very flattering, and the gloves provide fantastic grip like no other glove I have ridden in! Also, the helmets are so unbelievably gorgeous!"
"Having a Theraplate has changed my horses overall health and soundness and also mine! My horses are on the Theraplate every day before I ride for a minimum of 15 minutes. It helps loosen the muscles pre-work, and also speeds up healing in horses rehabbing. I also use it for my back when I am feeling tight or sore."
"I switched my horses to Buckeye about two years ago, and I couldn't be happier with the results. Their coats have improved and I stopped giving them their coat supplements, and their overall body condition has changed too. They have beautiful coats, and have gained more muscle. What I love about Buckeye is that the company is 100% med free, so there is less chance of contamination in the feed."
"Animo clothing is not only beautiful, flattering, and stylish but also functional. The breeches provide excellent grip and stretch while riding, and also look great outside of the barn! The show coats are moisture wicking and also provide excellent ventilation. Living in Florida, and competing in extreme temperatures, having clothing that helps keep me cool and also stylish is extremely important."
"Stivalli Romitelli boots are super stylish, comfortable, and also durable. I wear my boots all day, everyday, and they are holding up extremely well! they are also the most comfortable tall boot I've worn. There is no hard "break in" period!
"MDC Stirrups have been instrumental to my riding. I used to suffer from ankle and knee pain, and since I've used MDC Super Sport Stirrups, my pain instantly stopped. These stirrups are extremely well made and also very useful in day to day riding! I highly recommend these stirrups to anyone who wants an enjoyable time in the saddle!"
"Cottage Farm Equine Therapy Solutions is the to go to place for everything needed to aid your horse to feel their best! From Activo-Med magnetic blanket and laser therapy to stirrup leathers and girths, they have it all! My horses absolutely love their Activo-Med magnetic blanket before and after a school! "
Equi-Clean grooming wipes are the innovative new disposable grooming wipes! These wipes provide a quick and easy way to groom your horse while also conditioning and adding shine to your horses coat. Equi-Clean wipes are made with great smelling herbs –Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Comfrey, Lavender, Thyme. These wipes are also USEF compliant! After I use them on my horse, I also use them to clean my tack!