rock house rock stars
I am proud to sponsor these Rock Star athletes as my Rock House Equestrian Team:
Lucia Rapalyea is the head trainer at Lucia Rapalyea Dressage, owner of Creekside Equestrian Center , and head trainer of Shadowridge Equestrian Center. Lucia spent a year as a working student in Holland with Bert Rutten, former Dutch Olympic rider and internationally know Dutch Warmblood breeder. Lucia's current Dutch Warmblood FEI mount, Amani, is one of Bert's horses, acquired when Amani was just a 4 year old. After 7 years in the show ring together, they are now competing at Intermediare-1.
In 2016, Lucia and Amani were Region 7 USDF Intermediare-1 Freestyle Champions, and received the coveted invitation to take their I-1 Freestyle to the national dressage finals in Kentucky. For 2018, the pair looks forward to entering into the CDIs and competing on the Small Tour, while training the Grand Prix at home. Lucia is a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist, and has also earned the USDF Bronze Bar for Freestyle.
Jess Hargrave, owner and head trainer at Charis Eventing, is an eventer based in Temecula. A talented rider, trainer, and coach, her philosophy is centered around both horse and rider as elite athletes for whom a complete training and nutrition program is a key to peak performance.
Jess has been fortunate to train extensively with some of the very best coaches and most talented riders in the sport. During the 2011 season, she was based on the east coast with Candadian Olympian (and good friend) Rebecca Howard, prior to Rebecca's relocation to the UK after the 2012 London Olympics. From 2010 to 2013, Jess also trained with International 4* competitor and ICP level IV certified coach Holly Hudspeth (nee Hepp). In 2013, Jess relocated to the West Coast.
A background in education and early childhood development makes her as exceptional a coach as she is a rider. Committed to continuously expanding her own base of knowledge, Jess is a Ride Right Equestrian Sport Psychology certified level III coach, and a USPC National Examiner. She is also working toward the USEA ICP certification.
Donna Richardson began in dressage after a successful career as a hunter jumper. She has proven herself a stellar athlete, named to the United Stated Equestrian Team in both 1999 and 2002 with her horse Jazzman. In 1999 she and Jazzman won team gold medals, and sixth individually at the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, Canada.
She is currently a USEF S judge, has lectured at the
CDS Symposium, and has written articles for Dressage Today and USDF Connection.
She trains horses and riders at her own Fox Run Farm in San Marcos, California.
USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist Hailey McLaughlin rides and trains our of her facility, Holston Manor, near Knoxville, TN. Her business HM Dressage, sources top quality Dressage prospects from Holland and Germany and presents them in the states from low level to the FEI. In addition to boarding, training, selling, and importing quality Dressage Horses, HM was also a serious compeditor in eventing and show jumping; competing up to preliminary and 1.40m jumpers.
Laurel Kerner is a talented up-and-coming dressage rider who in the past several years has progressed rapidly through the levels and amassed an impressive collection of wins in the show ring.
Beginning her riding career as a jumper, her first love has always been dressage, and in her early years she was fortunate to have supporters who would loan her horses to ride in competition. That all changed in 2014, when she found her dream horse, Soren. In the two years they have competed together, they have moved from 2nd level to PSG, winning many championships & earning invitations in both 2015 & 2016 to the prestigious US Dressage Festival of Champions in Kentucky.
Laurel holds her USDF gold medal and currnetly competes at the Grand Prix level.
Established in 1977, Dragonfire Farm is run by Earl and Jennifer McFall. Together with thieir daughter Taylor, the three compete internationally in three day eventing .
Jennifer is a 4 star eventing rider and she was the recipient of the Rebecca Broussard Developing National Rider Grant. in 2015 she rode her horse High Times to a 3rd place finish at the Rebecca Farms CIC3*. Taylpr is a superstar kid athlete competing fearlessly with the rest of her family. In 2017 she has competed in the Pony Club National Championships.
Dragonfire Farm is located in Wilton California.
Jackie Schwartz grew up in Northern Illinois and began her equestrian career as a working student for former USET team member, John Staples. She is an avid competitor and was the National Reserve Champion at the Quarter Horse Congress and holds her USDF bronze metal. Today she trains horses and riders at her JS Training facility in Andover, Kansas.
Brianna Zwilling is the head dressage trainer at Epique Equestrian in Wentzville, Missouri, just a short drive west of St. Louis. Originally from Minnesota, she has worked, trained and competed dressage in the midwest and California. She holds her USDF Bronze and Silver Medals.
BRIT VEGAS GEGENBACH
Brit is the owner of Royal Fox Stables in Milford, NE encompassing sport horse sales, training and rehab. She specializes in OTTBs and is avidly involved with the Retired Race Horse Project, riding in their Master Class. and eventing with great success on Slew the Zodiac in the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover.
Alanna Flax Clark
Alanna started riding in her 20's in the form of hippotherapy to improve her recovery from a chronic neurological disease. She's never let health and physical limitations stop her, and she's gone from therapeutic rider to equestrian athlete.
Alana is a Grade 2 para-dressage rider who trains with Sara Schmitt Dressage for the 2020 Paralympics. Dressage is a competitive equestrian sport where you’re required to perform a sequence of pre-determined movements with your horse. It’s sometimes referred to as “horse ballet.” Para-dressage is currently the only equestrian discipline in the Paralympic Games and was introduced in 1996, according to the Fédération Equestre Internationale. As para-dressage riders, we’re able to show and compete alongside our peers no matter our physical disabilities.
*All riders are listed chronologically according to when they joined the team.