Lauren Taylor Perseverance Award

About Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor grew up around horses. She competed in all three rings as a junior, eventually accepting a working student position in Ireland with Cian O’Connor as a 17-year-old. When that barn closed, she came back to America, where she landed a working student position in Wellington, Florida, with Tori Colvin for the winter beginning her last junior year.  She continued training her horse, Speechless, under the watchful eye of Brigid Colvin.

Following the winter circuit, Lauren obtained a job working for the Ingrams. She worked there for one year before being kicked in the head while hand-grazing one of her boss’s horses. The accident happened while in Aiken, South Carolina, on 5/12/19.

Lauren suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, collapsed lung, and broken nose and skull. She spent her first 12 days post-accident in a level-one trauma center in Augusta, Georgia. Her chance of survival was less than 7% with a less-than-1% possibility of enjoying any quality of life. 

Lauren was completely unconscious and then minimally conscious for almost three months. She lived off of a ventilator, tracheostomy, and feeding tube during that time. She spent six months in acute care in Atlanta, Georgia, followed by six additional months in the post-acute setting in Omaha, Nebraska. Every aspect of Lauren’s brain was damaged, thereby affecting her speech, vision, balance, perceptions, memory, and the ability to reason and process emotions.

Although many doctors and therapists told Lauren that her ambition of walking again without a device was not realistic, she refused to give up. Today, Lauren jokes that she is not a “good mover,” but is now “serviceably sound.”

You can learn more about Lauren’s recovery in this KSDK news story on Lauren’s recovery.

The Lauren Taylor Perseverance Award

The Lauren Taylor perseverance award honors Lauren’s relentless determination in the face of adversity.

It will be awarded to the junior or amateur rider who best exemplifies Lauren’s never-give-up attitude at all of our rated shows.

Winner will be selected by horse show judges.

Winner will be recognized and presented with a medal by Lauren herself on the Sunday afternoon of each show. A donation will be made to DASA (Disabled Athlete Sports Association) Adaptive Training in the name of the recipient.

DASA has been instrumental in Lauren’s recovery. The program consists of a personal trainer helping disabled athletes like Lauren one-on-one for an hour. For Lauren, it targets balance, independent walking, arm/leg/core strength, and improving her confidence in her own abilities.

Because of generous donations made to the program, DASA is able to keep its training affordable, even for people who don’t have insurance coverage.

Thank you for your donation considerations at: https://registerforsportsevents.wufoo.com/forms/z1k583oz1kpknyo/

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