About Laura Louise Gilbert
Thank you for visiting my page and taking the time to get to know me a little.
I am always looking for new ways to approach something, improve it or remodel it to ‘work better for me’, some call that an “entrepreneurial mindset” and I tend to agree.
I believe anyone is capable of becoming an entrepreneur, if that is their goal and purpose. For me and many others it has been inbuilt in our nature, we have always been this way, life experience just teaches us along the way how to get better at what we do as there will always be learning curves – otherwise referred to as ‘mistakes’ or ‘failures’.
I’m definitely a person who loves nature and being cooped up in an office day in day out is definitely not for me. I love to have and create “ah ha” moments, solve problems, adapt, create solutions and develop new ideas.
In my 20’s I developed and engineered a career in the equestrian industry, predominantly in the discipline of Show Jumping. After working for some of the leading sellers and riders in the UK I decided to utilise my European network and build a business of my own.
After a couple of years I decided to make some big business decisions and filled my yard in the UK with elite horses. It was 2008 and as any business person will remember 2008-2009 the economic climate worldwide crashed and produced devastating effects for businesses worldwide, i was amongst these businesses.
So, I made a tough decision and sold what I could (much of which was at a loss), I settled all trade debts but still had personal debt, no stock and no income. So I did what I had to do to pay the bills and got a job.
I managed to stick that out for about 8 months but fell ill due to the chronic psychological stress I had and was continuing to undergo. I got myself well again and took a local sales job and started studying for a diploma.
A few months later I got a call from an old Canadian client, they were looking for a horse and wondered if I could help out. What’s the golden rule when opportunity knocks? – say yes!
So off I went back to Europe. Long story short they ended up buying three horses ‘sight unseen’ (which means we did the deal without them travelling over – quick, effective and profitable) based on the trust and the relationship we had built up. This blazed the trail for my next move, which for me was glaringly obvious, to go back to the equestrian world as an agent rather than as a dealer.
So, I moved to Europe (Czech Republic) build a website, advertised in the countries that I had success stories in and became a very successful equine agent with horses representing countries and teams across the world.
In 2012 I made one of the toughest decisions of my life and agreed to sell my share of the company due to the effects of an extremely toxic personal relationship. So, I gave up my proverbial baby and began developing a new brand and company, same industry just different parts of the globe. This took me to South Africa. First to Cape Town for some recognisance, then to Joburg and Pretoria to develop the new brand and business. South Africa is a magical place and I literally fell in love with it – maybe it’s the ions out there.
Unfortunately on the last day of the Kyalami Park Show Jumping Grandprix 2013, I experienced a realisation that hit me like a sledge hammer, i had lost the love for my industry and everything in it. It was a lonely time and without support I wasn’t able to work my way through this experience at that time. I was in shock and didn’t know what I could do, only what I couldn’t.