Ari Lopez:

Ari has been riding horses since she was 9 years old and through those years has achieved numerous awards in Dressage and Eventing. She has been United States Dressage Federation or California Dressage Society champion from Training level through Intermediate II. In addition, she has won almost every three day event that she entered at Novice and Training level.

Ari is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist. She earned all her medals on Corlander II (Armani) a horse she trained herself from a recently imported green three year old from Germany, to a grand prix horse at age 10. She was a member of the 2008 NAJC region 7 dressage team where, as the highest scoring team member, she helped her team to a Bronze medal. She also received the individual Silver medal with a score of 68.9%. She represented the region 7 team again in 2011 as a Young rider, helping them to a fourth place finish. In 2011 Ari was invited to participate at the USEF Festival of Champions in Gladstone, New Jersey where she and Armani finished fifth in the nation.

Ari moved Armani up to the Grand Prix level in 2012 and was ranked third in the nation for the Young Rider Grand Prix (Brentina Cup) level. Ari now rides at the Christiane Noelting Dressage Center while she is attending Sacramento State to finish her Business Degree in Accounting as well as a minor in German.

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Bert Sheffield:

I am a 35 year old Canadian Para Dressage rider living in the UK. I was part of the Canadian team at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, finishing 4th individually. I also compete in able-bodied ‘normal’ dressage up to advanced level. Last year, I qualified my horse, Double Agent, (Darcy) for the Rio Paralympics and we have met the Canadian team selection criteria 11 times (needed to do it 8 times!) so although you never know with horses and team selection, we are hoping to be going to Brazil in a few months.

I also have a wonderful young horse, Wonky, that I am working with in preparation for the 2018 Bromont WEG!  This horse is having an amazing journey from being wild in a herd to transforming into a dressage star. She has her own blog on one of my sponsor’s websites and maybe having her story made into a book to sell for charity.

I have written articles and comment pages for magazines and e-mags. Having a friendly photographer and also a very arty groom means that photos and videos to enhance content is easy to organise.

I am very lucky to have the support of some amazing companies. I only endorse products that I use and love, and they are all a wonderful stable of top quality, premium brands. 

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Cassandra Hummert:

Cassandra Hummert-Johnson owns and operates Lavendel Dressage LLC in Northeast Ohio and South Florida. She is a USDF Gold Medalist and veteran of the pipeline program for young riders, having competed in the FEI Juniors, FEI Young Riders and FEI Under 25 Grand Prix.

As a professional, Cassandra enjoys teaching clients and training horses of all levels and abilities, especially children just starting out in dressage, and continues to campaign horses in the FEI ring herself. She represents horses for sale and is committed to honesty and integrity in the industry.

In addition to her passion for dressage, Cassandra enjoys traveling, pursuing photography and exploring the outdoors. She loves the versatility of Kastel Denmark’s products because of their ability to be worn in all weather and occasions, while maintaining beautiful style and functionality.

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Emily Thompson:

I am a CCI** level Canadian Eventer. My current horse is an 11 year old, grey, Thoroughbred Connemara cross gelding named Paddington aka. Paddy. I bought him in the summer of 2014 and brought him up to the two star level. In the short time I have had him, we have finished in the top three at multiple preliminary events including a 3rd place finish at the OHTA Championships at Will 'O' Wind HT in 2015. We completed three CCI*'s in 2015 including an 11th place finish out of 70 at Ocala Horse Properties, a finish at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, and a 2nd place finish in the CCI* at Hagyard Midsouth.

In 2015 we were the reserve champions of the OHTA Junior Preliminary leader board and were 6th on the USEA Preliminary leader board. To begin the 2016 season Paddy and I upgraded to the Intermediate level and completed the CIC** at Poplar Place HT in 8th and the Ocala Horse Properties International CCI** in 11th. I could not have accomplished any of these results without the help of my incredible sponsors including Kastel Denmark. I wear the Charlotte Collection shirts on a daily basis and in competition. The shirts keep me cool, comfortable and stylish. The wide range of colours keep me looking fresh and able to match any outfit. 

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Morgan Ward:

I have won section B of the international hunter derby finals in 2014, 1st in the country in small juniors for two years in 2014 on comissario and 2015 with Broadway. I competed at young riders with my junior jumper Conquillas in 2015, I also won a few high junior Classic in 2015 with Conquillas.  I was 7th in WIHS Eq finals in 2014 and in 2015 ended 4th at WIHS Eq finals. 2015 was circuit champion in Ocala with Broadway in small junior 16/17 I also was reserve champion at junior hunter finals in 2014 with comissario. 2015 I was reserve champion at Harrisburg with Broadway in small juniors 16/17 , 2014 was champion in large juniors at junior hunter finals.

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Paula Matute:

Born in January 16th, 1996 Madrid,Spain.
Started her career as a three day eventer and later on continued with discipline of dressage. Member in several occasions of the Spanish Team as well as Medallist on some of the most prestigious International Competitions.  Recently awarded as the 2015 USEF/USDF Grand Prix Champion as Jr/Yr.

Career Highlights
-2014 CDIO Nations Cup, Team FEI Bronze Medalist
-2014 Spanish Team Member for the J/Y European Championships in Arezzo, Italy
-2014 CHIO AACHEN U25 GP Team FEI Silver Medalist
-2014 CHIO AACHEN U25 GP Individual 6th placed
-2015 Grand Prix 5* CDI-World Cup Freestlye Finalist
- Bronze, Silver and Gold USDF Medalist at age 18

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Claire McNulty:

My name is Claire McNulty, I am 16 years old and am from Holland, MI. I won the 2014 USEF Dressage Equitation Finals 13 & under with a 92%. I was also the 2015 North American FEI Junior Individual Gold Medalist and Freestyle Silver Medalist. I have also won numerous regional championships. My horse Checkmate and I have recently moved up to the FEI Young Rider ranks and hope to make the European Young Rider tour in 2017. 

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Shannonr Dahmer:

Shannon has been riding since she was 9 yrs old, and has focused on dressage since she was 12.  She has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals and her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Freestyle bars.  She currently trains out of Castlewood Equestrian Center in Franktown, CO.  She enjoys traveling to California every spring to train and compete with her horses.  She is currently working with Kathleen Raine.  She has trained many horses from the beginning to the grand prix level.  She and her horse, Viva Las Vegas placed 9th at the National Developing Horse Championships in 2007. “Vegas” won the highest placed U.S Bred Horse Award.

Shannon is currently showing her 7 yr old horse, The King of Rock N Roll 4th level and PSG. She would like to also compete him in the developing horse at PSG. She is also training and showing a couple of horses of a different color. Lakota Lace(appaloosa/percheron cross)owned by Janet Wingate and Comanche Fire(Georgian Grande)Owned by Sandy Pearce. Both Comanche and Lakota will debut this year at grand prix in California.

 

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Sydney Elliot: 

Ever since I was a little girl, my passions in life have been horses and riding. I am truly fortunate to live each day doing what I love. Whether it’s starting young horses, educating them throughout their careers, competing or working with our local Pony Club my dreams are coming true. My training business is in Benton, Louisiana just two miles down the road from Holly Hill Farm. It’s a great area with wonderful people. I have always had upper-level competition goals set for myself.

One of my goals was recently accomplished when Cisko A and I completed our first Rolex Kentucky CCI4*. Cisko A is a 2006 Westphalian gelding owned by Carol Stephens. Cisko is truly one in a million and I couldn’t be more proud of him. The Stephens’ are so amazing and supportive; I wouldn’t be able to do this without them. Rolex has been of the best experiences of my life and I was fortunate to be surrounded by so many of my family and friends. I am excited to see what my eventing future has in store for us.

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Lauren Knopp: 

Lauren Knopp is a 25 year old professional FEI Dressage rider and trainer and runs her business out of her family’s boarding facility, IDA Farm in the heart of Wellington. Lauren has had many successful wins, the most notable were in 2009 she was National Junior Reserve Champion at Gladstone, and also team and individual silver at NAJYRC with her horse Rho Dance. In 2011 she received her USDF Silver Medal and in 2013 received her USDF Gold Medal. Also in 2013, Lauren placed third in the Brentina Cup division on her Grand Prix horse, Rantaro. Lauren now shows a 6 year old Oldenburg, Samoa 52,  10 year old Oldenburg, De Gregory (Don Gregory x Rubenstein), and most recently acquired an 8 year old Dutch Warmblood, Degas SSF. Her future goals include having the opportunity to represent her country internationally. 

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Charlotte Stillfried:

 My name is Charlotte Stillfried. I am a 17 yr old eventer from Virginia with hopes of attending NAJYRC in the next two years.

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Chara Harris: 

I am a top ten professional beach volleyball player on the National Volleyball League (NVL) and an IB Biology teacher based out of Sarasota, Florida. I have been playing professional beach volleyball since 2006 on the AVP and NVL. For the past 4 years, I have been ranked top ten in the country and have finished as high as 2 nd in the NVL championships, 2015. Throughout the year, I teach Biology and train/travel across the country to play on the various tour stops for beach volleyball.

 

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Matt Brown:

Matt has been a lifelong student of the sport, studying under some of the most respected and experienced figures of horsemanship and upper level sport, including Derek DiGrazia, Volker Brommann and Denny Emerson. He also credits horseman and rancher George Kahrl for imparting the importance of creating a trusting relationship between horse and rider, even at the top levels of competition. Matt’s abundant natural feel, partnered with George’s teachings in horsemanship and Volker and Derek’s further instruction in classical techniques, have fused to form an integral foundation for the relationships Matt forms with his equine partners as well as his training and teaching philosophies.

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Cecily Clark:

Cecily began riding at the age of six under the guidance of Northern California Hunter/Jumper trainers Sue Riggs, Diana Field, and Audrey Goldsmith. Their dedicated coaching and countless hours spent without stirrups or in two-point helped her to achieve success in the Hunter and Equitation ranks on the West Coast, including championships in the Children’s and Junior Hunters as well as top placings in West Coast Equitation and Medal Finals.

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Laine Askher: 

Born and raised in Northern California, Lainey was raised in the sport of eventing on the very horses that built of our country's need for speed: the American thoroughbred. Still to this day Lainey remains an advocate for the OTTB having taken multiple horses from starting gate to the finish flags of many international three day events including three of her four four star horses. Additionally Laine has begun her FEI career in pure dressage earning her USDF silver medal and competing in her first CDI Small tour in Wellington Global in 2016 with hopes of Grand Prix within the next year to come! 
Lainey is currently based outside of Richmond Virginia at the expansive Keystone acres where she and her eventing and dressage horses along with all of her clients and students have ample room to train. 
 
Laine earned her BA at the University of Virginia graduating in 2006 (simultaneously campaigning horses at the four star level) and maintaining her position on the Deans list! In 2009 she later returned to the University of Richmond where she took a summer accelerated business course where she was introduced to the power of social media. Today Lainey personally runs all of her social media portals from Facebook to Instagram to Tumblr to Twitter which boast cumulatively over 75k followers! 
 
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Kastel Denmark's Other Sponsored Athletes: 

- Mary Lauritsen

- Genay Vaughn

- Ariana Chia

- Thomas Walker

- Jaime Amian

- Leif Aho

- Kady Abrahamson

- Genevieve Munson

- Christina Kelly

- Michael Desiderio

- Shaun Desiderio

- Allie Sacksen

- Emma Green

- Christopher Genter 

- Alexandra Robinson