Laura Reija

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About me

I was born December the 1st in 1990 in Madrid, Spain. I finished successfully two Bachelor Degrees: Media Communication and Journalism at Universidad San Pablo CEU in Madrid and Hogeschool van Utrecht in The Netherlands. I have also studied several languages, so I currently speak English, French, Portuguese, Dutch, basic Chinese and Spanish as my native language.

My passion for horses comes from my parents, as they did leisure riding and we went together every weekend to the stables. I started riding before I turned 4 years old, but I didn’t enter the Dressage world until I was 10. Since then I have been competing at regional, national and international shows, and I managed to win my first Spanish Championship at the age of 14 and one year later I participated at my first European Championship.

For many years I have been training with the Spanish Olympic medallist Juan Antonio Jiménez and I have had the chance to train with prestigious Dutch and German trainers such as Coby van Baalen, Jan Bemelmans, Jan Nivelle and Ralph Rash. Since 2012 I train with the Dutch rider Sander Marijnissen, who has been member of the Dutch team in several occasions, and with trainer and judge Johan Hamminga.

In 2013 and 2014 the Spanish Federation (RFHE) selected me to compete at CHIO Aachen in the U25 Grand Prix. I have been in the long lists for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy 2014 and for the Olympic Games of Rio 2016.

Sports Resume

National Titles

  • 2004 – Gold medal Spanish Championship – Ponies
  • 2005 – Gold medal Spanish Championship – Ponies
  • 2007 – Gold medal Spanish Championship –  Juniors
  • 2008 – Gold medal Spanish Championship –  Juniors
  • 2009 – Gold medal Spanish Championship –  6 Year Old Horses
  • 2010 – Silver medal Spanish Championship – Young Riders
  • 2011 – Silver medal Spanish Championship – 7-9 Year Old Horses
  • 2011 – Gold medal Spanish Championship – Young Riders
  • 2011 – Gold medal Spanish Championship – University League
  • 2013 – Gold medal Spanish Championship – Senior Small Tour
  • 2013 – Gold medal King’s Cup – Senior Small Tour
  • 2014 – Silver medal King’s Cup – Grand Prix
  • 2015 – Silver medal Spanish Championship – 6 Year Old Horses
  • 2015 – Silver medal King’s Cup – 6 Year Old Horses
  • 2016 –  Bronze medal King’s Cup – 7 Year Old Horses and Grand Prix

European Championships

  • 2006 – Spanish Team member – Stadl Paura (Austria) – Juniors
  • 2007 – Spanish Team member – Nussloch (Germany) – Juniors
  • 2008 – Spanish Team member – Azeitao (Portugal) –  Juniors
  • 2009 – Spanish Team member –  Ermelo (The Netherlands) – Young Riders
  • 2010 – Spanish Team member – Kronberg (Germany) – Young Riders
  • 2011 – Spanish Team member – Broholm (Denmark) – Young Riders

International Shows

  • Results National shows in The Netherlands 2013:
    • Ermelo – 17/02/13 – 3rd place – Inter II
    • Exloo – 23/03/13 – 1st place – Inter II
    • Uden – 20/04/13 – 1st place – Inter II
    • Uden – 20/04/13 – 1st place – Inter I
    • Uden – 10/08/13 – 2nd place – Grand Prix
    • Uden – 10/08/13 – 3rd place – Inter II
    • Hulten – 17/08/13 – 2nd place – Grand Prix
    • Hulten – 17/08/13 – 1st place – Inter II
    • Velsen-Zuid – 25/08/13 – 1st place – Inter II
  • INTERNATIONAL RESULTS 2013:
    • CDI3* München (Germany) – Prix St. Georges: 16th place/ Inter I: 12th place
    • CDI3* Villach (Austria) – Prix St. Georges: 15th place/ Inter I: 9th place/ Kür Inter I: 8th place.   Inter II: 6th place/ GPU25: 3rd place.
    • CHIO Aachen (Germany) – U25 – GPU25: 6th place/ Kür GPU25: 6th place.
  • INTERNATIONAL RESULTS 2014:
    • CDI3* Roosendaal (The Netherlands) – U25 – Inter II: 2nd place/ GPU25: 3rd place.
      GP: 14th place/ Kür GP: 6th place.
    • CDI3* Villach (Austria) – U25 – Inter II: 4th place/ GPU25: 1st place
      GP: 5th place/ Kür GP: 2nd place
    • CHIO Rotterdam (The Netherlands) – GP: 16th place/ GPS: 14th place. Inter II: 12th place/ GP U25: 7th place.
    • CHIO Aachen (Germany) – GP U25: 8th place/ Kür GP: 8th place.
    • CDI3* Madrid Horse Week (Spain) – GP: 4th place/ Kür GP: 4th place.
  • INTERNATIONAL RESULTS 2015:
    • CDI3* Jerez (Spain) – GP: 7th place/ 9th place – GPS: 4th place/ Kür GP: 2nd place. 6 Year Old Final: 2nd place
    • CDI3* Oliva Nova (Spain) – GP: 6th place/ 7th place. GPS: 3rd place/ Kür GP: 3rd place. 6 Year Old Preliminary: 4th place. 6 Year Old Final: 3rd place.
    • CDI3* Roosendaal (The Netherlands) – Inter II U25:
      3rd place/ 15th place. GP U25: 1st place/10th place.
    • CDI3* Compiegne (France) – Inter II U25:
      7th place/ GP U25: 4th place.
    • CHIO Rotterdam (The Netherlands) – GP U25: 6th place/ Kür GP U25: 6th place.
  • INTERNATIONAL RESULTS 2016:
    • CDI4* Hagen (Germany) – GP: 30th place/ GPC: 12th place.
    • CDI4* Hamburg (Germany) – GP: 19th place/ Kür GP: 11th place.
    • CDI4* Balearen Tour (Spain) – GP: 13th place/ Kür GP: 9th place. 7 Year Old Preliminary: 2nd place/ 7 Year Old Final: 1st place.