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Erika-West Danque Nece

Our Owner & Founder

 

Erika is a USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist who has spent  most of her life living around and working with horses.  She is  passionate about riding, teaching, and training horsemanship and Classical Dressage with more than 17 years of experience. Her goal is to help every rider and horse achieve their maximum potential with a vibrant and dynamic link.


Erika's first horse was a Paint pony  stallion named Buddy that she purchased when he was 2 and she was 12 with money that she had already earned from training ponies. She brought Buddy from basic ground manner training through Intermediaire II.  Erika and Buddy have put on exhibitions for the Houston Dressage Society (HDS) where Erika rides both bridleless and bareback.  ​ 


Erika has won numerous HDS and  USDF awards as both a Junior/Young Rider and in the Open division,  including riding many horses to the top 20 and several into the top 10 in USDF Horse of the Year rankings. She has qualified every year for the US Dressage  Finals on several different horses.


Erika was a working student with Lurena Bell for 4 1/2 years. She  currently trains primarily with Whit Watkins and has enjoyed clinicing  with Charles DeKunffy, Scott Hassler, William Solyntjes, Jan Ebeling and Conrad Schumacher. She also hosts and attends numerous clinics and has attended the annual Young Dressage Horse Trainers Symposium in Maryland  and the FEI Trainer Symposium in Florida to continue her advanced dressage education in addition to her constant pursuit of the discipline. ​Erika has worked extremely hard to achieve her current level of experience and with USEF recognition has placed herself squarely among the best riders and trainers in the United States 


Erika offers lessons to students from Intro to FEI level.  She is happy to coach riders with modest goals such as improving general horsemanship but also takes great joy in sharing the journey with the more ambitious. From the later category many of Erika's students have qualified for GAIG and SWDC Region 9 Championships and even the prestigious US Dressage Finals. Several of her students have progressed all the way to FEI under Erika's assistance, even earning their Bronze and Silver Medals and Freestyle Bars.

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Achievements & Testimonials

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Achievements

 2017

  • Ranked 7th nationally for the Grand Prix Freestyle
  • Ranked 14th nationally for the Grand Prix Masters Challenge
  • Region 9 GAIG Champion at I2
  • Region 9 GAIG Champion for the Grand Prix Freestyle
  • US Dressage Finals 3rd at I2
  • US Dressage Finals 5th for the Grand Prix Freestyle.

 2016

  • Earned the final scores for USDF Bronze freestyle Bar
  • Earned USDF Silver Freestyle Bar
  • Earned USDF Gold Medal 
  • Region 9 GAIG 4th level open Res Champion.
  • Region 9 GAIG and SWDC I-2 open Champion! with Incognito
  • Qualified for US Dressage Finals 4th level and 4thFS on Chancellor WAS finishing 4th and 7th respectively.
  • Qualified for US Dressage Finals PSG, Glorianna
  • Qualified for US Dressage Finals I-2, Incognito

2015

  • Qualified 4th Level for US Dressage Finals, Glorianna
  • Qualified First Level for US Dressage Finals, Ana Isabella
  • Hadley Lambert Trophey, Ana Isabellah 79%
  • 1st overall USEF DHSB 3yr Old Colt, Be Niro WS 80.3%
  • 7th overall USDF HOY Materiale, Be Niro WS 
  • Southern Series Champion Colt, Be Niro WS

2014

  • Qualified 4th Level for US Dressage Finals, Zoe
  • 3rd overall USDF - KWPN All Breed, Zoe 
  • 3rd & 4th Level Numerous High Point Awards, Flovina

2013

  • Reserve Champion GAIG Region 9 2nd & 3rd Level, Chancellor WAS
  • Hadley Lambert Trophy, Don 76.2%
  • Southern Series Champion Colt, Be Niro WS

2012

  • Champion GAIG 1st Level, Flovina 75.6%
  • Hadley Lambert Trophy, Sirius WS 72.5%

2011

  • 12th Overall National Young Horse Championships, Chancellor WAS

2010

  • Hadley Lambert Trophy, Ana Isabellah 75.2%
  • 14th Overall National Young Horse Championships, Ana Isabellah
  • 1st Overall USDF HOY Materiale 4-5 Mare , Ana Isabellah 83.5%

Testimonials

"Erika is the most natural person with a horse. She can get a horse  to do anything with minimal aids. She is the best trainer I have ever  had!"  -Mary H


"Erika has the *touch* when it comes to  horses. She has trained several of our youngsters and we couldn't be  happier.  Erika is very talented, calm, kind and disciplined.  Horses  love and respect her!"  -Jan M


"I have known Erika for more than 10 years now, and I can sincerely say that I have never met a  more genuine person in my life. She will make any of your dressage  dreams come true and take you and your horse anywhere you want to go!"  -Ashley B


"I  purchased my horse Dominoe from Erika in June (2011).  She had him from  a yearling and did a fantastic job with him.  He is my horse of a  lifetime. Thank you Erika! "  -Robin C


"Erika is the kind of rider we all wish we could be - balanced, sensitive to  our horse's movement, and intuitive about everything horse-related. She  is the most positive and patient trainer with whom I've worked. She  brings out the best in us and in our horses!"  -Mary R


"Erika is a fabulous trainer and coach. She has an amazing ability to read a  horse and get the best effort from him. She's patient, consistent and  kind, all the traits of a great horsewoman."  -Denise W


"Amazing!  Erika is a wonderful trainer and coach who truly understands how to  coach a wide variety of students, even if that means thinking outside  the box. The barn is full of the best group of people that I am proud to  call my barn family, nothing but positive encouragement for all  students, no matter what level or type of equine they ride."  -Sammi Jo S