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Home: Watermill, NY
Born: October 8, 1968
Laura Bowery began riding at the age of three, with a dream of becoming a member of the United States Equestrian Team. She started riding in Huntington, New York with the Rice family and 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, such as Salute and Daydream.
In 1999, she realized her dream as a US Equestrian Team rider and was part of the winning teams at the Nations Cups in Falsterbo, Sweden, and Budapest, Hungary. That same year she won the Pan American Trials and placed third in the Grand Prix of Geesteren in The Netherlands. All aboard her top horse “Altesse du Boulle.”
At the 2001 Hampton Classic, she took fifth place in the $150,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix with “Ideal 22.” She also took third place in the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix in 2003 on “Florin du Murier,” the same horse she rode to third place in the $100,000 FEI World Cup qualifier in Wellington, Florida.
In 2007, Bowery won the Grand Prix in Lexington, Kentucky with “Indy Star” and took third place in the FEI World Cup qualifier at the Hampton Classic riding “Epir.” In 2008, Bowery’s prowess for speed on “Palona” earned her the WEF Circuit Champion 1.40 speed division. Later that year, she and “Indy Star” won the Grand Prix of Culpepper and also placed second in the $50,000 Beacon Hill Grand Prix.
Bowery had continued success in 2009, taking second place at both the $75,000 HITS Grand Prix and $50,000 Empire State Grand Prix, both aboard “Indy Star.”
At the 2017 Hampton Classic, Bowery dominated the Local Hunter classes with top placings and she won the $10,000 Marders Local Hunter Derby with “Royal Expectation.”
Bowery’s 2018 competition highlights include sixth place with “Zerly” in the $35,000 Old Salem Farm Jumper Classic CSI3*. At the inaugural Longines Masters of New York, Bowery thrilled the local crowd, topping the Masters Two L.A. Saddlery 1.35m speed competition with “Zerly.”
At the Hampton Classic, Bowery took top placings again in various hunter and jumper classes, including third, fourth, and 11th places in the $10,000 Marders Hunter Derby with “Lola,” “Casanova” and “Prince of Theives” respectively. Her many students also scored top placings across the board in various classes.
It was a hometown victory for Bowery and “Zerly” at the 2019 Longines Masters of New York, as the pair topped a field of 30 entries to win the Masters Two Kastel Denmark 1.35m.
Bowery 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. She lives with her husband Gabriel. The couple welcomed their first child, Jackson, in March of 2010.