March 2020 - Lauren Billys is Tokyo Bound
Written by CRM
Monday, 02 March 2020 20:31
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Representing Puerto Rico, California-based eventer is set for this summer’s Olympics.

Eventer Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy have secured their spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Lauren is based in the Carmel Valley area and represents Puerto Rico in international competition. She and “Purdy” contested the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the hard-earned realization of a lifelong dream. The opportunity to return to the Olympics this summer is beyond rewarding, especially given health issues Purdy has overcome in the interim.


Here’s how Lauren describes this next odyssey to her supporters.


“One year ago, I was driving out of our farm with Purdy in the trailer when a rainbow appeared over the entire farm. We were on our way to our first event at Fresno County Horse Park of the season after nearly losing Purdy to a severe colic that lead to surgery. When he came out of the hospital, I decided this was the start of an amazing comeback for us. My goals for 2019 was to ride faster, stay sound all year long, and ride with gratitude for the ability to be able to show Purdy again. (See story on Purdy’s recovery, California Riding Magazine, September 2019 issue.)

Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy. Photo: Kim F. Miller

Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy. Photo: Kim F. Miller

“With these goals in mind, I put my sights on winning an individual spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. In order to win an individual place, I would have to compete in a series of international competitions and finish in the top 25% to win points and be ranked against other individuals.

“We started the season competing at Twin Rivers CCI4*S where Purdy finished on a competitive score of 30 to win the class. This past summer he finished second at the Rebecca Farms in the CCI4*L. Lastly, we competed at the Fair Hill International CCI4*L and finished 15th. With these competitive finishes in the 2019 season, Purdy and I ended the year as the second-best pair in Latin America and the 7th best individual pair in the world.

“With the 2020 spring season underway, Purdy and I have secured our placing to compete at the Olympics next year! With less than eight months before the games begin, our planning and preparation have already begun. This will be our second time competing at the Olympics and I know that experience is going to give us an advantage in our preparation. Our team is stronger than ever and because of that I feel confident that our preparation for the Olympic Games is going to be successful.”

Follow Lauren and Purdy’s adventures at www.laurenbillys.comand on Facebook and Instagram.