Lurena was born in San Diego, CA and began riding horses at the early age of 9. By the time she was 17, Lurena was already an accomplished western and saddle seat rider. She could not, however, sit a sliding stop while showing Morgans in stock seat equitation. This was the reason she began dressage lessons with her now mentor and friend Charles de Kunffy. Lurena became a professional at the age of 19.
At the encouragement of Charles de Kunffy, Lurena moved to Texas in 1979 where she partnered with Fran Dearing and established Windy Knoll in Magnolia. Lurena continued to ride with Charles as well as Carol Lavell, Steffen Peters, and Pam Goodrich. She also spent time with her Grand Prix horse Fabian in Germany under the tutelage of the Theodorescus. In addition to earning (numerous times) a spot on both the USET's short and long lists, and winning both team and individual medals at the U.S. Olympic festivals, Lurena also:
+Represented the U.S. at the North American Dressage Championships in Montreal, Canada.
+Earned her USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals.
+Won numerous Region 9 Championships at every level--Training through
Grand Prix--on all different breeds of horses.
In 2007, For the first time in Lurena's life, she started a hobby competing Border Collies at herding trials throughout the United States. While Lurena and her Collies are hearty competitors, it is the fun and enjoyment of the herding that brings her life in balance with her equestrian career.
In 1996, Lurena purchased Belle Terre Farms where she currently resides with her husband Blair Traxler who worked in the Arabian industry for 25 years and did some endurance riding. Blair now rides dressage under Lurena's tutelage, and is a custom woodworker selling his items at trade shows and btsticks.com.
Belle Terre is also the home of Lurena's 6 Border Collies Bear, Blossom, Bliss, Brees, Sirius, (pictured) Nix; and guard dogs Sierra, Stormy, and Bandit. A myriad of sheep and horses also call Belle Terre home.