Wendy Sasser and Lehua Custer are best friends, chasing an Olympic dream together, united in the love of a tall black gelding.
Ramzes was bred by Cornell University and Wendy bought him as a weanling off a video to be her second horse. She entrusted him to Lehua from the beginning. He grew up under their watchful eyes at Hilda Gurney’s Keenridge. Ramzes did not lack for energy and tried many ways to store up trouble. He somewhat settled into his career as a dressage horse, but never lost his fire.
Lehua kept trying to turn the reins back over to Wendy, but Wendy wanted to see where the partnership took them, especially after Scott Hassler took notice at the 2014 USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum. “Lehua kept encouraging me to ride and show him but I knew he was special and could go all the way,” Wendy said. “One day he’ll be my schoolmaster and I’ll show him, but right now is Lehua and Ramzes’ time to shine.”
And shine he did– in 2017, he never lost a class, won the USDF Finals at Third Level and never scored below 70%. Lehua taught him the piaffe in a day–and he acted liked he had just been waiting for her to ask. “I’ve never see a horse with such a work ethic and talent,” Lehua said.
Through Lehua’s precise training his movement and talent became incredible to all who saw him; to include Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin. Charlotte told Lehua “you’ve got a real horse here” and after consulting with Wendy, Lehua gave up her busy barn to move to Wellington to train with Debbie McDonald and Ali Brock.
We look forward to cheering this special pair on in 2021–special thanks goes out to Wendy Sasser for her trust and support.
If you happen to be in Wellington, “Stampy” would happily love to meet you–provided you have a white sugar cube in hand–and he’ll show you all of his tricks–to include being able to catch treats mid-air!