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Golden Gate Equestrian Center was founded in 2016 with the mission of becoming the premier equine training center in Minnesota. It was the brainchild of Lauren Wood, a professional horse trainer and equestrian, and her motley crew of former professional athletes including brothers Jeff Tow-Arnett and Nick Tow-Arnett, both Minnesota natives who played football for the U of M and in the NFL, and Nick’s wife Jessy, a former professional volleyball player.
Together, they took a neglected plot of farm land and built a horse lover’s dream facility. The property spans 60 acres and includes 28 deluxe indoor stalls, two Olympic size riding arenas, and 30 acres of pasture for their horses to openly graze. “When we were dreaming of the property, we envisioned a five-star facility that combines the beauty of Kentucky horse country with a premier sports training center” says Lauren Wood.
They are also a home to former pro-athletes of the four-legged kind including “Nowhere to Hide” a Thoroughbred who raced in the 2009 Kentucky Derby. Under Lauren Wood’s instruction, both former athletes, Jeff and Nowhere to Hide, went on to their second careers of becoming competitive jumpers in the local and national circuits.
Owner and head trainer, Lauren obtained her degree in Agricultural Business from University of Wisconsin –River Falls and is currently head coach of the Gustavus Adolphus College’s IHSA Hunt Seat Team. She has a patient and tactical approach to training which is derived from her 15 years’ experience as an equestrian. Lauren is also very successful in training green horses and restarting horses off the track. All of her premier hunter and jumper horses have been self-trained and have competed in the local and national circuits, most recently in Venice, Florida in February 2020.