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The daughter of famed international grand prix riders Mario Deslauriers and Lisa Tarnopol Deslauriers, Lucy is an extremely talented rider in her own right. She is carrying on the family’s legacy in show jumping, and has accrued many victories against some of the world’s best competitors – including her father – even as a junior rider.
Lucy’s accomplishments include winning her first national title just a month after her 13th birthday when she beat over 180 competitors in the 2012 USEF Pony Finals. Later that year, she added a win in the Washington International Pony Equitation Finals, making her the first, and still only, rider to win both these Finals in the same year.
Moving up to a higher division, she found her perfect match with Hester, and the partnership has helped Lucy earn a place as one of the most successful junior riders in show jumping history. In 2014, Lucy and Hester won the individual Silver Medal at the FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships. The pair achieved six top-ten placings at the Hampton Classic, including third place in the $25,000 Marders Show Jumping Derby. Lucy was awarded the Classic’s Show Jumping Hall of Fame Style of Riding Award.
In 2015, Lucy claimed international victory with Hester against a field of elite riders, including her father Mario, in the FEI Welcome Qualifier at Bromont, Quebec, the first time she ever beat her father in competition! Lucy and Hester then captured a junior rider’s ‘Grand Slam’. They won individual Gold and team Silver Medals at the FEI North American Junior/Young Riders Championships, individual and team Gold at the USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, and individual Gold at the USEF Under-25 National Championships, as well as the Reserve Championship in the ASPCA Maclay National Equitation Championship.
Lucy’s 2016 season got off to a great start when she was awarded the 2016 Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy by the United States Equestrian Team (USET) “as a young rider in one of the Olympic disciplines who exemplifies both sportsmanship and horsemanship.”
“It’s a huge honor that I wasn’t expecting,” said Lucy. “I’ve received this thanks to the incredible team I have behind me and my group of horses. I’m very thankful that I’ve been recognized and have received this honor.”
Her winning ways resumed at WEF, claiming the $10,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Welcome class aboard “Hester.” She continued to earn top placings in the Under 25 classes across the nation and even in Paris, where she took home a sixth and eighth place. She had an incredibly successful trip to Canada, winning two classes and finishing in the top-five in four others at the Spruce Meadows CSI5*, followed by two victories at the Bromont CSI3*-W.
At the Hampton Classic, she took second place in the Equitation Championship with “Class Action.” In the $30,000 Boar’s Head Open Jumper Challenge, she took sixth and eighth places aboard “Hester” and “Hamlet” respectively. She and “Hester” then placed tenth place in the $40,000 Sovaro Speed Stake as well as second place behind two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward in the hotly contested $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier.
Lucy and her trusty “Hester” proved to be a tough contender in the international classes at the American Gold Cup, placing second in both the $86,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier and $86,000 Fidelity Investments Classic. She then went on to win the Silver medal in the $100,000 USEF Under 25 National Championship at the CP National Horse Show.
Lucy scored her biggest victory of the 2017 winter season, winning the $100,000 Suncast Jumper Classic during CSIO4* Week 8 of the Winter Equestrian Festival, and she was the youngest rider in the class. At the Live Oak International CSI3*, Lucy and “Hester” took third place in the $35,000 Hollow Creed Farms 1.50m speed class, and 17th place in the $100,000 LONGINES FEI World Cup™ Jumping Qualifier against some of the world’s top riders. She also took second place with “Hamlet” in the $10,000 Waldron Private Wealth class.
At the Spruce Meadows National in June, Lucy and “Hester” once again proved to be tough competitors against a world-class field, taking second place behind newly-crowned FEI World Cup™ Champion McLain Ward in the RoadTrek Cup 1.50m class before scoring their first victory at Spruce Meadows in the ATCO Challenge 1.50m class. The duo then went on to score two victories at the Ottawa CSI3*, including the Grand Prix before heading off to the Bromont CSI3*-W, where they placed 11th in the FEI World Cup competition.
Deslauriers earned top placings at the Hampton Classic, where she and “Jamaica Van Paemel” took fourth place in the $10,000 Junior Jumper Classic and ninth place in the $3,000 Maria Mendelsohn Realty Jr. Jumper 1.30m. She and her trusty “Hester” had a good start, placing 14th in the $30,000 Boar’s Head Open Jumper Challenge and an even better ride in the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI4*, finishing seventh.
The young Deslauriers then bested a field of 50 competitors including Olympic veterans at the American Gold Cup where she and “Hester” captured the $86,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier CSI4*-W. The dynamic duo also took fourth place in the $216,000 U.S. Open FEI 3* Grand Prix at the Central Park Horse Show in New York City.
In 2018, Deslauriers and her long-time partner “Hester” scored one of the biggest wins of her career, topping a 23-horse jump-off to win the $132,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup CSI5* during Week Twelve at the WEF.
Deslauriers made her Nations Cup debut one to remember at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, British Columbia, as she and “Hester” helped the U.S. to a fourth place finish which secured the team a spot in the 2018 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain.
Lucy’s mother, Lisa, has been the Chair of the Hampton Classic Board of Directors for the past ten years. Her father Mario has ridden internationally for both his native Canada and the U.S. and his resume includes winning the FEI World Cup Final and appearances in both the Olympics and FEI World Equestrian games. Lucy’s grandfather Roger Deslauriers has been an integral part of developing international equestrian sport in Canada as an Olympic Committee member and as President of the Bromont International Horse Show, site of the equestrian competition during the 1976 Olympic Games.