Meet Our Riders
Halter Ego is always looking for ways to support the equestrian world, one way that we achieve that is through a selected group of riders to sponsor. These riders are role models within and outside the arena, they are bold and creative people – they want to look like themselves, not the masses. They have a sense of adventure and competition. We are pleased to introduce you to the Halter Ego sponsored riders!
Please Meet, Tane McClure
Tane McClure began her love of horses as a child, watching her father actor Doug McClure (as Trampas) on the set of the western television series “The Virginian”. Tane would ride her Arabian horse through the old western towns in the back-lots of Universal Studios playing pretend. During this time, Tane and her father also performed at Rodeos and Celebrity Roping tournaments around the country. Getting in the act, Tane, at the age of 8 would enter the rodeo ring on her horse at a full gallop waving to the audience, just like a true western cowgirl.
Tane began learning Hunter/Jumpers at the age of 11, riding and training at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center. As a Hunter/Jumper rider, Tane has trained with such notable trainers as Diane Coe, Mary Ting, and her long time trainer, Ron Keller.
As an A-Circuit Jumper competitor, Tane successfully competed through A/A Jumpers, Modified, and A/O Jumpers, with fences from 3’6”- (up to) 4’6”. Tane won many A- Circuit and National Championships, including becoming the A/A Santa Barbara National Champion, Harvest Festival Champion, Desert Circuit Champion and many more. Tane also competed successfully in multiple Gambler’s Choice competitions on her rocket-of-a-horse “Kinzie Street” aka “Snoopy”. During this time Tane began training Thoroughbreds Race Horses off of the track for well-known racehorse owner George Shaw. These hot ex-race horses were successfully trained by Tane to become happy Hunter/Jumper prospects.
Tane has also competed in the Arab Show Circuit in Country Pleasure as well as Hunter/Jumper. As a Stunt Rider, Tane jumped a 4’ fence bareback for the western series “Harts of the West”. In the scene, Tane leaped up on the horse bareback in a pasture and then jumped the horse out of the pasture, up and over the 4’ foot fence and then galloped full speed away. (Note: Another rider attempted the same stunt the week before, sending that rider to the hospital.) Other horse stunts and notable performances were for the Blue Cross Insurance television commercial, Burger King commercial, Roper advertisement, and multiple feature films and then came DRESSAGE!!!! Tane’s training in Dressage began in earnest over 15 years ago. Her goal was to become an FEI rider while broadening her riding skills, and she has successfully done so and is continuing her growth and education in the dressage discipline to this day. Tane notes that, “Dressage is an excellent riding foundation. Therefore, improving in Dressage... improves your riding in every discipline, Western, Hunters, Jumpers etc.”
Tane has trained or cliniced with such notable Dressage trainers as Olympian Jan Ebeling, and Hilda Gurney as well as... Christiane Noelting, Aaron Wilson, Will Faerber, Sabine Schut-Kery, Larisa Mantor, Kamila Dupont, Caroline Hoffman, and many others.
Tane moved up the levels in Dressage quickly and within a few years, competed very successfully, receiving many USDF (United States Dressage Federation) and CDS (California Dressage Federation) qualifying scores at 3rd Level, with her horse “Noble Classic” competing in the CDS Championships, finishing in the top 10, and winning DASC (Dressage Association of Southern California) Reserve Champion, in addition to many 1st place ribbons and High Point Awards at 5-star dressage shows throughout California.
Tane currently, rides and competes at Intermediare-1, FEI Level (Federation Equestrian International) with her horse “Lanzar”. Schooling and training through the Grand Prix movements and showing successfully with USDF and CDS qualifying scores, as well as earning her USDF SILVER MEDAL. Tane is currently only two scores away from earning her USDF GOLD MEDAL.
Please Meet, Claire Darnell
Claire is a United States Dressage Federation Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalist, recipient of the USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze Freestyle Bar, 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 training in Port Townsend, Washington.
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 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.
Please Meet, Sarah Cillie
Sarah was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She is the foal of a grand-prix show-jumping mother, Gail Cillie, and the grand-foal of successful racehorse breeders/owners, Reg and Elaine Dullisear.
Needless to say, the love of horses runs in her veins and Sarah has always had a deep passion for horses and the sport she was born into. Sarah started showing at the tender age of 2 in the leadline classes. At the young age of 5, Sarah entered the show-jumping arena and enjoyed a very successfully career, competing throughout South Africa for many years. In 1992, at age 10, Sarah became the youngest rider to recieve provincial colors when she was named a member of the Eastern Cape Province Show-jumping Team. Sarah also recieved provincial colors for Equitation, Dressage and Showing (Hunters) from 1992 until 1999.
She enjoyed a victorious career and celebrated many big wins including, the Port Elizabeth Derby (6 times), the Eastern Cape Show-jumping Championships (3 times), the East Rand International Grand Prix, the Rand Easter Grand Prix, the Port Elizabeth Masters, the East Rand International Victor Ludorum, the Rand Easter Victor Ludorum to name but a few. Sarah started playing Polocrosse in 1995 and enjoyed a successful career in that sport, recieving provincial colors from 1995 - 1999.
In 1997 Sarah recieved South African National colors and was a member of the winning South African under 16 team that played against England and Australia. In 1998 Sarah was awarded South African colors and played in the undefeated under 19 ladies team against Zimbabwe.
In 1999, Sarah was named captain of the South African under 19 ladies team and again led the touring team to an unbeaten series against Zimbabwe. In 2000, Sarah moved to the United States of America and moved into the world of thoroughbred horse racing ... She spent 5 years on the east coast living in many different places ... New York, Saratoga, Chicago, Miami, New Jersey, Dallas, New Orleans, Kentucky ... and working for many famous names ... D. Wayne Lukas, Steve Assmussen, Todd Pletcher, Michael Stidham, Larry Robideaux.
In 2005 Sarah became enticed by the golden coast of California and went to work for the power house barn of hall-of-fame trainer Bob Baffert. Sarah was the exercise rider for MIDNIGHT LUTE, Eclipse Sprint Champion for 2007. Midnight Lute won the Breeders Cup Sprint in 2007 and again in 2008.
Sarah also rode LOOKIN AT LUCKY, the Eclipse Champion 2 Year Old for 2009, the Eclipse Champion 3 year old for 2010. Lookin At Lucky, who was the Kentucky Derby favorite that year, could not overcome a bad draw and terrible racing luck to finish 6th. Lookin At Lucky redeemed himself, proving his brilliance to win the Preakness Stakes G1 and the million dollar Haskell Stakes G1.
She rode many of the stable stars including Richards Kid, Tough Tizs Sis, Internally Flawless, Pioneer Of The Nile, Indian Blessing, Indian Firewater, Bob n John, Preachin At The Bar, EZ Warrior.