01 about cassie
FEI GRAND PRIX DRESSAGE RIDER & USDF GOLD MEDALIST
A California kid, Cassie grew up in Anaheim just down the street from Disneyland. It wasn't exactly horse country, but even at a young age her love of horses was very apparent. Sitting on a pony for a quick photo was all it took and from that point forward she became passionate, learning all she could about horses.
She began her competitive dressage career at the age of 13 riding a retired thoroughbred racehorse named Landseer. Perpetually the underdog, Landseer set a record as the longest longshot to win at Santa Anita coming in at 99-1 and winning by a nose. Lance settled into his second career with Cassie and together this dedicated horse and rider team climbed their way up the dressage levels, winning numerous championships along with way. After a successful junior and young rider career, Cassie was twice selected for the US Equestrian Team / US Dressage Federation Advanced Young Rider Graduate Program for emerging professional dressage riders.
While attending the University of California at Irvine, Cassie worked for several sport horse breeders backing and starting youngsters. Many of the horses that she started moved on and enjoyed illustrious careers in both jumping and dressage. Upon graduation Cassie began competing again on a number of young horses, with the goal of once again riding at the upper levels of dressage. She continued to train and regularly sought instruction while simultaneously balancing a successful career in marketing and business development.
Cassie teamed up with her current coach USEF 'S' dressage judge Janet Curtis in 2016. With Jan’s meticulous eye and the help of very special horse named Whizzkid, she polished her riding skills and finally achieved the goal of riding Grand Prix dressage. In 2017 Cassie earned her USDF Gold Medal and won every Grand Prix competition she entered.
Soon after she partnered with yet another talented horse, this time a very special mare named Hellohalli. With a strong support team solidly behind her, Cassie and Halli competed in the USEF Developing Grand Prix classes in 2019. Their successes at I2 and Developing GP earned them a trip to the prestigious U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions at Lamplight where they placed in the top 10 in the USEF Developing Grand Prix National Championship. That year they were also named an Adequan/USDF All-Breeds Awards Reserve Champion at Intermediaire 2, collected numerous championship awards back home in California, and had the privilege of representing the US in several international dressage competitions (CDIs).
Cassie is continuing to polish her big tour Grand Prix with Halli and hopes to step out on the national stage again soon. She is also developing another talented young mare named La Condamine while balancing a professional career in marketing and a professional career in horses. Cassie currently works with a limited number of horses and coaches a group of dedicated amateurs and junior riders.