Profile: Lucy Davis
- Published: 14/02/2017
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Date of Birth: 22/11/1992
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Residence: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Height: 1.65 m / 5′ 4″
Career: 2009 – Present
Los Angeles born Lucy Davis is an American show jumping competitor and 2016 Olympian. She started riding as soon as she could walk and taking lessons by the age of five. Her early passion of horses was supported by her family, who had some equestrian background. Robert Barron Freize, her grandfather, was a jockey’s agent, and her mother rode casually.
The early part of her riding career was spent with trainer Chacha Levinson at the Sullivan Canyon Preservation Association. Later she moved to train with Archie Cox at Middle Ranch. After entering shows in the pony and junior hunters competitive divisions, aged 14, she convincing her mother to let her compete in the jumper ring. Since then, she advanced from the Low Junior Jumpers (1.20m) on her first junior jumper, Mister Mind.
Lucy experience great success on the West Coast of the United States, earning Grand Prix victories at HITS as well as Del Mar and Blenheim Horse shows. In 2008, she earned international acclaim when she successfully competed at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC). In 2009 she was the Individual Silver medalist with True Love, and in 2010 was on the Zone 10 Gold Medal winning team.
Aged 17, in 2010, she won the Buenes Aires Nations Cup with Team USA in along with fellow Longines Global Champions Tour rider Saer Coulter. Davis placed tenth at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials but did not make the Olympic team that year. As part of Team USA, Lucy won the Consolation Class at the 2013 Barcelona Nations Cup Final. Lucy also collected top three placing in World Cup Qualifiers in Califonia and Washington during 2013.
Davis and her teammates earned a bronze medal in team jumping at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games. Lucy was selected to be a member on the 2016 US Olympic Show Jumping Team that competed in Rio de Janeiro. She rode, Barron, whom she has competed with in Nations Cups, World Cup Finals, and the 2014 World Equestrian Games. At Rio 2016, she went on to take the silver medal in the team competition, and qualified in the individual final.
She is now based in Eindhoven, Netherlands, which allows her to compete on the Western European circuit.
2008 North American Junior Champion in both the Team and Individual events
2010 North American Young Rider Championship Team Runners-up
2013 LGCT Lausanne Grand Prix winner with Barron
2013 Rotterdam Furusiyya Rider of the Day award winner after jumping a double clear in the Nations Cup for Team USA
2014 World Team Bronze medallist with Barron
In 2013, Lucy, aged 20, became the youngest rider ever to win an LGCT Grand Prix
Lucy has a degree in Architecture from Standford University, USA