About Us

Battle Creek Dressage is owned and operated
by trainer Laura Burket (formerly Laura Ovaitt).
Laura is an USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold 
Medalist as well as an L graduate "with distinction."
She was a participant in the 2012 and 2014 USDF
Young Rider Graduate Programs and attends the
FEI Trainer's Conference annually.  In 2014, Laura
was awarded The Dressage Foundation's Captain
Jack Fritz Young Professional Grant.  She 
maintains a busy string of training horses and 
devoted group of students.

A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Laura 
grew up riding hunters and eventers before 
becoming a student of dressage.  Laura obtained 
her B.S. from Cornell University with a double 
major in biology and animal science.  There, 
Laura focused on studying the science behind 
animal learning and behavior, as well as animal nutrition, husbandry, and reproduction.  After graduation, she moved to Kentucky where she was Assistant Trainer and Barn Manager under Grand Prix rider Chrissa Hoffmann before branching out to start her own business.   
Laura has ridden with respected trainers such as J.J. Tate, Angela Jackson, and Alfredo Hernandez.