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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.  

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: 



Tane McClure

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.