Chuck and Lauri Givens were both born and raised in Kentucky. Growing up in the horse industry is all either has ever known. They are familiar faces in the world of Pole Bending and Barrel Racing. Their “LA” brand is just as recognizable. Since the mid-1980’s Chuck and Lauri have worked hard and dedicated themselves to breeding, raising, and training world-class horses with the utmost desirable bloodlines in both Pole Bending and Barrel Racing.
In fact, most of the mares they once competed on are raising the next generation of champions they ride today. Chuck & Lauri’s goal is to continue to produce winning horses through selective breeding, hands-on training and individual attention dedicated to each horse. Their business has become much more than just about the horses, it’s about the relationships with their friends, the owners and those who strive to win with the LA brand.
They also breed, race and sell top quality Thoroughbreds and always have a nice selection of weanlings, yearlings, and broodmares for sale. Farm visits are always welcomed.
Building on a family tradition of Champions
He has been around horses his entire life & a breeder of quarter horses for nearly 30 years. He has a lengthy resume of accomplishments that include the following: multiple AQHA & PHBA World Championships in Pole Bending & Barrel Racing, NPBA Hall of Fame Breeder of the Year, 8-time AQHA High Point Champion in both Pole Bending & Barrel Racing, AQHA ROMS, AQHA Superiors & several AQHA Reserve World Championships. Chuck is also a licensed auctioneer.
She grew up with quarter horses but in a different discipline. Lauri competed in Halter, Showmanship, Horsemanship, and Western Pleasure most of her youth. She went on to win High Point Youth at the Kentucky State 4H Show & 2 AQHYA Reserve Championships in Halter. Her resume has a multitude of AQHA All Around awards and AQHA Grand Champion trophies. It wasn’t until she married Chuck that she began Barrel Racing and loving all aspects of the sport. She has earned multiple AQHA ROMS, Superiors, AQHA World Show Top Ten in Barrel Racing & topping it off with both PHBA & IBHA World Championships.
Chuck and Lauri have two daughters, Brittany and Kelsey who share the same love for the industry.
Brittany always has had the love for horses since she was a baby. She started riding at the age of 3 and has never looked back. She has earned numerous wins at the KY State 4H & KY State Fair. She also has been an AQHYA World Show Qualifier & had several AQHA World Show Top Tens.
The biggest highlight in her equine career came when she broke and trained one of our youngest stud colts named RAGTIMES JETS (see Stallions page for reference) as a 3 yr old to go on and win the Junior Pole Bending at the North American Livestock Show. Brittany is now raising her own foals and watching them perform in the Barrel Racing and Pole Bending Arena. Brittany lives in Richmond, Kentucky with her husband Robby and her 18-Month-old son Kolten. She continues to take care of the farm while we are on the road showing all the while managing her own career as a hair stylist to the rock stars in our community.