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I have Lauren Cude to thank for all my successes in the saddle: when I'm not confident, she is for me; when I hesitate, she's there rooting for me; when I don't completely believe in myself, she does.
- Paula MacDonald

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About Graduate Riding School

Our head coach

Lauren Cude is an Equine Canada certified Level 1 Coach, with a certificate in Equine Science from the University of Guelph. Lauren has been teaching for 15 years and focuses on introducing students to their first years of competition.


2012 at Graduate Riding School

Lauren's teaching style

Lauren is a positive and patient coach. She coaches through encouragement and her upbeat and enthusiastic style creates an excellent learning environment. Lauren also makes a point to get to know her students and tailors each program to the individual needs and goals of each student.

Lauren's personalized and enthusiastic teaching method has helped introduce many students successfully to the first few levels of competition; where they both have fun AND often bring home ribbons!

Lauren Cude and Good to Go in dressage, XC and stadium

In developing her own skills, Lauren trained under Denny Emerson, rated one of the top 50 most influential horsepeople of the century. She attends clinics whenever appropriate, including such top clinicians as: Albert Voorn, Andrew Hoy, David Wilding-Davis, Leslie Law and Phillip Dutton.

Lauren Cude training with Denny Emerson
Lauren starting a young horse while training with Denny in North Carolina

In non-equestrian life Lauren is a professional student -- she holds undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and English from the University of New Brunswick and a Masters in English from the University of Toronto.

Recommended by the OEF

Our coaches AND facility are both certified by the Ontario Equestrian Federation. As a member of the Horse Facilities Council, Graduate Riding School is guarenteed to meet high standards of horsemanship and offer quality instruction. Graduate Riding School goes above and beyond the minimum standards set by the Horse Facilities Council by having only certified coaches and a lower coach to student ratio.

Lauren Cude Ontario Equestrian Federation Active Coach Certificate