OUR SPONSORED RIDERS
FEI Grand Prix Dressage Rider & Trainer
Niki Clarke originally began her riding career as a Three-day Eventer. Early on, Niki trained with Three-Day Eventing greats Amy Barrington and David and Karen O’Connor. Her passion for horses and hard work ethic lead Niki to numerous Eventing accolades at a young age, including being long listed for the Sydney Olympics.
In 2004 Niki decided to make a career change and began her path up the ranks of the Dressage world. She moved to Holland to concentrate on her main love of Dressage, under the instruction of Bert Rutten. In 2005, Niki moved back across the pond to continue her dressage training in the U.S.
In 2006, Niki started Dressage Unlimited a full training barn with an emphasis on developing talented young horses for competition and sales.
Today, Niki is not only a highly respected FEI rider, her career accolades to date include USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals, and a Centerline Scores 5* rated rider. She was Reserve Champion at the Brentina Cup in 2007, third place at the 2010 Brentina Cup, and multiple wins at multiple levels with a variety of horses throughout the FEI levels. In 2018, Niki was named to the USEF Dressage Development Program with Coral Reef Ranch’s Coral Reef Scoobidooh.
See a list of Niki’s accomplishments at Centerline Scores.
In addition to her accomplishments as an FEI rider, Niki is equally passionate about her client’s success. Students enjoy her positive approach and love of the equestrian sport, complimenting Niki’s teaching and training abilities in producing success for numerous horses and riders.
Niki trains with Olympian Guenter Seidel in Rancho Santa Fe.
For more information on Niki, check out her website at http://dressage-unlimited.com/.
US FEI Junior and Young Rider
and An Capall Co-Founder
Kate is an experienced rider and competitor, riding for the first time at age 4. Her first lead line show was that same year, and her first walk/trot class was in 2011 at the age of 7.
She won the US National Championship in Sport Horse Show Hack at the Arabian/Half-Arabian Youth Nationals in 2015 at age 11, and she won many national top tens and many regional championships in Dressage, Training Level, Sport Horse Under Saddle, Sport Horse Show Hack, Hunter Pleasure and Hunt Seat Equitation in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
At the end of 2017, Kate was awarded with CDS Fourth Level Champion for the year on Roosevelt (Teddy), her 17.3h Bay Oldenburg gelding. She and Teddy were ranked as high as 5th on the on the FEI Dressage World Youth Ranking-J in the US that year.
She and her new approved Hanovarian black stallion, Soliere (Sandro Hit x Donnerhall), are competing this year in Young Riders, and are currently ranked 3rd in Region 7 and 10th in the US on the FEI Dressage World Youth Ranking-Y. With Soliere, Kate recently earned a 76% on her Young Rider Freestyle test. They recently competed at the North American Youth Championships in Old Salem Farm in New York and ended up 6th in North America for the Young Rider Individual test. They also just competed at the US Dressage Festival of Champions national championships in Lamplight, Illinois, and ended up 4th overall in the US for Young Riders.
Kate and her gelding, Roosevelt (Teddy), competed this year in Juniors, and finished the season 2nd in Region 7 and 5th in the US on the FEI Dressage World Youth Ranking-J. They were on the nominated list for the Region 7 Juniors Team for the North American Youth Championships.
Kate trains with Olympian Guenter Seidel in Rancho Santa Fe.
US FEI Young Rider and
NAYC Gold & Silver Medalist
Christian Simonson has competed in the North American Youth Championships as a Junior and Young rider for three consecutive years. Christian is also an emerging athlete rider on behalf of the Discover dressage program through USEF.
Christian won one gold and two silver medals at NAYC 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Christian has also been awarded the Mary E. Seddon perpetual trophy twice for the best classical Dressage seat and hands.
Christian also engages in activities outside of the equestrian world. Working with his mother at the Pawworks animal shelter helping adopt dogs and cats. Christian also assists the Andrea Grace Soter-Simonson foundation, a non-profit cancer organization helping local cancer survivors by providing financial assistance and family support in the Ventura country area.
Academically speaking Christian has been on the Dean ‘s list every year at Oaks Christian college preparatory high school in Thousand Oaks, CA. Christian is also currently working on his private pilot’s license having already passed his solo flight for his student license certification last summer. Lastly, Christian is a PADI certified open water scuba diver.
Candian FEI Dressage Young Rider and
NAYC Bronze Medalist
Brooke is a Canadian FEI Young Rider. Brooke began riding at the age of 8. Her first recognized Dressage show was at the age of 10 in her home province of Manitoba. After dabbling in hunter/jumpers, Brooke decided to focus on Dressage exclusively.
Brooke has won numerous Provincial Championships up to and including FEI Juniors. She was awarded the Equestrian Canada Silver Medal, a Gold Medal for Equitation, the Captain DeKenyres Junior High Point Award, as well as Dressage Winnipeg Year End High Point Awards. Brooke was awarded the Manitoba Horse Council Youth Athlete of the Year for 2018 as well as nominated for the Sport Manitoba Female Youth Athlete of the Year. Brooke was awarded the Sport Manitoba “Women to Watch” Grant for 2018. In 2018, Brooke represented Team Canada at the North American Youth Championships where she led her team to the Bronze Medal as the highest placed Canadian Rider of the day. As a FEI Junior rider Brooke remained on FEI world Standings as the highest ranked Canadian and second highest North American rider for many months throughout 2018.
Brooke currently has two horses. Extravaganza is a 10 year old KWPN mare (Sir Oldenburg x Don Primero) and Wellknown, an 11 year old gelding (Wynton x Havidoff). Brooke is currently residing in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she is training full time with her trainer Ashleigh Luca at Rancho Estancia. Brooke spends her summers in San Diego, CA where she trains with Ashleigh at Arroyo Del Mar, the home of Steffen and Shannon Peters.
Brooke is a graduate of Balmoral Hall School in Winnipeg, Canada. She will now begin her studies at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, while continuing to pursue her equestrian career.