LKH Equestrian is a horse training service created by Finnish born Laura Kotimäki-Hurd. Now residing in Malibu, CA I have worked, lived and traveled around the world since 2001. I began showing interest in horses at very early age, and have been actively pursuing riding and horses since late 80's. My professional career took off in the late 90's as a stable worker/groom, moving on to instructing, training and being a barn manager.
After leaving Finland I have worked with horses in several different countries, including UK, Canada, US - training and showing (in show jumping and dressage) young and older horses, as well as instructing riding. I have been lucky enough to train and ride hundreds of successful show horses throughout my career.
I believe in hard work when training, hence I have always put learning from the best on the top of my agenda. I have been fortunate to work with and receive instruction from Olympic-level riders as well as other internationally known trainers through out my career.
While studying, I was a member and A- team captain for my University's Equestrian Team for 3 years, competing in British Universities Equestrian series up to national level.
With horses, there is something new to learn on daily basis. Therefore I also take lessons as often as possible, as I am on a mission to "speak better horse". Currently my personal roster of horses vary from young jumpers to more seasoned horses with goals set in the international level.
Additional information on Laura:
- Assistant Trainer/Rider for Beth Cadwallader Hunter/Jumper stables, Malibu, CA 2010-2012
- Instructor at Traditional Equitation School, Los Angeles Equestrian Center 'till Dec 2010
Below: Stevie Wonder as a 3 yr old, at Mill Creek Stables, Ontario, CAN 2008- He became Canadian Champion a year later.