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Meet Our Sponsored Riders - Dressage

The Halter Ego® Sponsored Rider Program is a 2-way platform that enables us to invest in a select group of riders and professionals that we believe in and whose continued development & success we want to support.  

We choose our riders based on the character, values and talent they demonstrate as equestrians and as role models, overall.  

Each one is an extension of the Halter Ego® brand and a critical member of our marketing, growth and communications strategy.  



Sarah Lockman has been riding horses since before she could walk on her own two feet. She is a graduate B Pony Clubber and competed through the Intermediate level in eventing, impressively finishing third at her first CCI*** when she was just 15 years old.

In 2004, Sarah shifted her focus, solely training and competing in dressage. She regularly participates in many different clinics and rides with top trainers including Judy Harvey, Bert Rutten, Debbie McDonald, and Guenter Seidel.

Sarah has taught many riders and horses from Training level all the way to Grand Prix. In 2016 she had over 15 pairs of horse and rider combinations qualified for CDS/USDF Championships. For many years she had a large amateur client base and the largest sales program in Southern California. But in 2018, Sarah was offered a prestigious lead rider position at Summit Farm in Murrieta, California.

Sarah now trains and competes on high performance dressage horses and pioneers the imported dressage sales program. No longer managing a large business of amateur clients she is able to dedicate her time to her competition mounts exclusively representing Summit Farm. 

Sarah is currently coached by Scott Hassler and has a string of competition mounts ranging from four to eight years old, including her newest FEI partner, Summit Farm's, First Apple.  

First Apple and Sarah broke out the 2019 season with an impressive 78% at the I-1 just a month into their partnership. Sarah also looks forward to competing in the small tour with Summit Farm’s Balia, as well as Jupiter in the FEI 5 Year Old.

Team Summit Farm and Sarah Lockman aspire to be a part of the United States Equestrian Team in the coming years for the Pan Ams, World Cup, and Olympic Games.

Kim Kulesa

FEI trainer and competitor. USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist. Centerline 5 star rider rated.

Kim Kulesa teaches horses and riders of all levels to reach their full potential. 
Her students have placed top in Hawaii, California and USDF year-end award winners through the FEI levels.

Every year since 1985, her riders have competed and won USDF year-end awards at all levels.

Kim and her students have earned more than 30 HCTA championships from Training to Grand Prix.

She has produced 10+ Grand Prix horses and trained 40+ through the various FEI levels.

Kim has worked & trained with many of the best including:
Reiner Klimke; Cristine Traurig; Christina Stuckelburger; Tom Poulin; Albert Gesierich; Herbert Lange; Linda Hosoi; Linda Tellington Jones amongst others.
2017 - Dressage Association of Southern California Trainer of the Year 

2017 -USDF Intermediare 2 Reserve Champion ,   All Breeds Dressage Association of Southern California Champion I2, PSG Reserve Champion 2nd level


Lehua Custer


We couldn't be more delighted to have Lehua Custer representing the Halter Ego brand!

Nominated for the USEF Dressage Development list, Lehua is a USDF Gold Medalist and she works with students from (beginners to Grand Prix) at her training facility in Los Angeles Equestrian Center/ Burbank, CA along with her accomplished Assistant Trainer, Bryce Adelle Quinto.

Lehua and F.J. Ramzes (owned by Wendy Sasser) are currently in Wellington for a high-intensity training camp with Debbie McDonald and have been chosen to clinic with Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester, Robert Dover and many more...!

We are excited to see Lehua and her wonderful team at Lehua Custer Dressage at shows and clinics (and if you know them...having a ton of fun!) this season in some amazing Halter Ego gear! 

  • F.J. Ramzes USDF National 3rd Level Champion - Lexington, KY 2017
  • Completing the USDF “L” judges program with distinction
  • Serving as a Board member for DASC
  • Serving as a Board member for the CDS LA Chapter
  • Winning USDF High point champion with FJ Ramses / First Level
  • Being selected as a dressage judge at the Special Olympic World Games in LA, 2015
  • Participating in the FEI Young Horse Program with several horses


Claire Darnell

Claire is a United States Dressage Federation Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalist, recipient of the USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze Freestyle Bar, USDF Horse of the Year award winner, and has competed in a total of 11 USEF National Championships, including the 2013 USEF Festival of Champions, the 2012 Developing Horse Grand Prix Championship, and the 2011 Pan American Games Selection Trials.  

Claire completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at Baylor University, receiving her Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing, in 2009 and her Master's of Science in Education, Sport Management, in 2011.  

Claire has been riding and training full-time since graduation, and is now accepting clients at Janicki Dressage after joining the team in January 2018.

Claire began riding at the age of 2, and was riding dressage movements on her pony, Daisy, at the same time she was learning to read and write. Earning her Bronze Medal at age 13 and her Silver Medal at age 15, Claire has successfully competed several horses at the FEI levels.  In 2016, she earned her Gold Medal and Gold Freestyle Bar on her own Calimar, whom she has owned since he was a yearling.  Claire's new mount,Harrold S,was named 2017 USDF Horse of the Year at Training Level and Materiale with median scores over 82%, in addition to Reserve Champion at First Level with a median score over 79%. 

Claire teaches the classical training scale through positive reinforcement, which she learned from her mother and is evident in both the performance and attitude of all her horses and riders in training.


Tillie Jones

Tillie Jones is the first (and only) Young Rider that we sponsor.  

Nominated to the USEF Discover Dressage "Emerging Athlete" Program,  Tilie and her horse, Apachi, earned a spot on the Region 4 Young Rider Team and competed at NYAC in Saugerties, NY in July.  Her team battled rainy weather and went on to earn a silver medal in the team competition!  We are so impressed by all the things Tillie and Apachi have accomplished and we can't wait to see what the future brings for this talented pair!

Click below to learn more about Tillie's journey: 


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