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 rode for the US Team at the 2019 Pan American Games, earning an individual Gold medal and team Silver on Summit Farm’s ‘First Apple’. Sarah debuted Apple in Grand Prix at the Adequan Dressage Festival in Florida in 2020, and has her eyes set on the Olympics. Sarah trains and competes on high performance dressage horses and pioneers the imported dressage sales program at Summit Farm in Murrieta, CA. She has 3 other horses she is bringing up through the levels, Balia, Dehavilland, and Lyamora, which all show promise for the higher FEI levels. 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. She also has a very talented 4 year old that she is developing, Lyamora, and is very excited for her future! Sarah also has Balia and Dehavilland who she has trained to the Developing PSG.
Lehua Custer is a USDF bronze, silver, and gold medalist and a USDF “L” judge. She has Participated in the FEI Young Horse Program with several horses and is especially known for developing her main competition horse, FJ Ramzes and her new young stallion, “Tuna”. Lehua has started countless young horses under saddle that went on to become outstanding dressage mounts and had the rewarding pleasure of training some of those young horses from training level all the way to Grand Prix. Lehua has also presented horses at the Oldenburg and Dutch Warmblood keurings each season. She is proud to have a string of wonderful horses and enthusiastic riders participating and winning regional and national championships at all levels. She recently moved her training business from California to Wellington, FL and offers clinics around the US.
Kim Kulesa trains out of Spirit Equestrian in Somis, CA. She teaches horses and riders to reach their full potential. Her students have been 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. She and her students have earned more than thirty HCTA championships from Training to Grand Prix. She has trained 8 horses to the Grand Prix and over thirty through the various FEI levels.
Laura DeCesari is the owner and head trainer at DeCesari Equestrian in Tucson, AZ. She started riding dressage at a young age and her Junior career was very successful, placing 5th individually at the NAJYRC in 2007 and she earned Team Gold for Young Riders in 2010. Now Laura competes in the upper levels and she trains and manages between 25-28 horses daily and 22 riders. Laura is currently developing 4 talented horses, Faire Well, Farentino, Flower Power, and Rossi. Laura frequently trains with Charlotte Bredahl, Niki Clarke, and was selected to ride in clinics with Laura Graves. From young and old, training level to FEI, novice to national champion, Laura and her team have a long track record of helping a diverse set of clients achieve their dressage goals.
Tillie Jones is a 19 year old dressage rider based in Lincoln, NE. In 2017 at NAYC, she helped Region 4 secure a bronze medal placing in the team competition. In the junior individual test, she won the bronze medal and a gold medal in the freestyle. Also in 2017, she was invited to the Festival of Champions where she placed 4th in the nation. In 2018, Tillie qualified for NAYC and helped secure the Region 4/7 combined team to a silver medal placing. In 2019, she won the Omaha International team competition at Wellington and donated the proceeds towards the damages of the flood in the Midwest. In 2020, she qualified for NAYC but unfortunately the show was cancelled due to Covid-19. However, Tillie competed at the Festival of Champions and placed 6th in the nation. Her next aspiration is qualifying for the European Tour and competing for the United States.
Claire Darnell 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 has been riding and training full-time since graduating college, and she is now accepting clients under her own Darnell Dressage in Moorpark, California, roughly one hour from Los Angeles. Claire teaches the classical training scale through positive reinforcement, which she learned from her mother, USEF 'S' Dressage Judge, Joan Darnell, and is evident in both the performance and attitude of all her horses and riders in training.
Megan Sykes owns and operates Classics Eventing in Midland, Texas and started riding and competing at the young age of six. Megan’s passion is for the sport of Eventing. She travels around the country competing with her horses in addition to running her own lesson program and business. Megan's mission as a trainer is to teach students about riding skills and horsemanship needed in the sport, as well as facilitating and guiding each student through the levels of eventing. In 2020 she debuted her top level horse, Mo, at the Advanced level. Early in 2020, Megan made the U25 List. She has Multiple Top 10 finishes throughout the Preliminary/CCI2* level and won the 2019 Twin Rivers Intermediate event and the 2019 Rebecca Farm CCI2*-L event.
David Marcus and Nicholas Fyffe are the co-owners and head trainers at Marcus Fyffe Dressage. Together they have developed a premier training operation in Wellington, FL.
Olympian David Marcus is among America’s top dressage riders and trainers. A dual citizen of the US and Canada, he rode for the US throughout his highly successful Young Rider career before representing the Canadian Flag for numerous international teams. David is a well-respected trainer, coach, and clinician. He has developed numerous Grand Prix mounts and coached clients to their Young Rider medals and Olympic Selection.
Nicholas Fyffe is an Australian citizen and international Grand Prix competitor. In 2007 he first represented Australia contributing to Team Gold at the 2007 Tri Nations Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2018 Nicholas helped Australia make history by clinching their first team medal finish in the CDIO3* Nations Cup in Wellington, FL and claimed an individual bronze medal.Nicholas is a sought after FEI trainer, coach and clinician, 5 time member of the Australian Team at the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO and has qualified multiple horses for the World Young Horse Championships.
Taylor Rowsey is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist. She is also a USDF Judges L-program graduate. Her passion for horses began at a young age, competing first in Hunters, and later Jumpers throughout her high school years. After graduation from Texas Tech University, Taylor began pursuing a professional career in dressage. In Texas, she began teaching and training clients, working with horses spanning from young horses to FEI. In 2016, she relocated her training business to Steffen and Shannon Peter's beautiful Arroyo Del Mar in San Diego, California. Having Steffen as a coach and mentor has been a hallmark of her riding career and she is currently developing a very talented stallion, Demetrios and has her GP schoolmaster, Poulidon.
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