Out of bounds: meet Lauren Mamaghani
May 21, 2015
Ever since her horse Eveline was a baby, senior Lauren Mamaghani has been training her for show jumping competitions. In show jumping, a rider must guide his or her horse over a series of jumps as quickly as possible.
“You have to get the horse there at the right distance or it won’t be able to go. It’s like jumping a hurdle. Seeing exactly where to leave, from far away, is what you have to get used to,” Mamaghani said.
She has been riding horses since she was four years old and has been competing in show jumping competitions since she was ten. Her love of riding started when her mom signed her up for lessons. She loved it so much, she never stopped.
“It’s a cool challenge and it’s really exciting,” Mamaghani said. “It’s my passion.”
Most of her competitions take her out of state, mostly to California. While Mamaghani rides for only a few days, her horse will stay at the competition site for several extra weeks. But the short time apart from each other does not deter from their performance because they spend so much time practicing together.
Mamaghani is currently first in her category for the Washington State Hunter Jumper organization, meaning she has earned the most points out of anyone in her age group and event in competition. Despite these feats, her proudest achievement was training Eveline.
“It’s rewarding to have seen her start with not knowing anything,” Mamaghani said. “Now she’s going around, and she can do it [perform] with other people.”