Eighteen-year-old Laura Hughes opened her equestrian business Laura’s Saddlery in December 2022 to provide horse riders with a one-stop shop for all equestrian needs, including tack for training, showing and competition.

How it happened

Hughes said her love for horses was ignited at age 8 with her first horse, Grant.

Through her own experience horseback riding and as a member of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, an organization that focuses on equestrian athletics, Hughes said she learned the importance of equestrian equipment.

“Over the years, I became relatively knowledgeable about everything with horses through problems I've had with my own horses to friends who have had problems with their horses, and we just kind of learn together and figure out what seemed to work,” Hughes said.

Hughes said she gained her experience in business through her grandfather and parents' business and plans to take business courses to further expand her knowledge.

“I'm most definitely not on my own in this venture, and it really would not have been possible without my parents,” she said.

The specifics

Laura’s Saddlery offers a large parking lot so horses can be transported for saddle fittings.

The saddle shop has English and Western saddles, saddle accessories, apparel and boots for horse riding, horse wear, horse care items, gear, horse treats, training supplies and gift options.