Rachel Laufer: Three Day Event Rider
Rachel has been riding horses since she could walk. She grew up at Knightwynds Welsh Cobs where she got to enjoy riding everyday as well as playing with the foals and learning how to handle everything from newborn foals to the breeding stallion. Rachel has achieved her C-2 and H-B pony club ratings with the help of her two welsh cobs, Crossroads Rose and Knightwynds Single Malt. Malt and Rachel also began a career in eventing together when Rachel was twelve years old. The pair quickly fell in love with eventing and over the years have made it to the training level with very limited training and funds. She is currently training with Lainey Asker, Francesca Nicoletti, and Noel Williams. Who have all helped Rachel tremendously these past few years. Rachel hopes to do her first one star in 2015. She also enjoys working with younger pony club members and anyone who wants to begin riding or move up the lower levels. She hopes to begin obtaining her ICP in the USEA. Rachel also enjoys breaking young or inexperienced horses to ride. As well as riding Rachel has grown to enjoy combined driving, and works as a navigator and groom. Her family has taught her a lot about driving horses and she has spent some time breaking a few driving horses and puts mileage on green driving horses.
Ruth Laufer: Team Veterinarian
Ruth is not only Rachel's wonderful and supportive mother, but she is also the team veterinarian. She is always there helping Rachel to make sure her horses are always at their best. Ruth helps out as a groom at competitions making sure everything runs smoothly. She is a crucial part of the team, and with out her Rachel would never have been able to get into eventing and would not have the incredible horses she has today. Ruth and Tracy run Knightwynd Welsh Cobs in Utica, Pennsylvania. They breed quality Welsh Cobs that continue to prove themselves in the eventing and driving communities. Rachel would like to thank her mother for always being there and supporting her through the years.
Tracy Laufer: Father, Level II Combined Driving Steward
Tracy is not only Rachel's father, but is also a level II Combined Driving Steward and competitor. Tracy has been driving and competing pleasure and combined driving since 1995. Has obtained numerous championships over the years showing *Cascob Flying Colours (founding sire of Knightwynd Welsh Cobs) and Knightwynds Black Jade. He has recently become a combined driving steward and is also working towards becoming a level I eventing steward. Tracy has been there through the years helping support Rachel and has helped provide her with many opportunities to grow in both the eventing and driving communities over the years.