Lehua Custer is originally from Hawaii, introduced to horses by her empathic and equally equine-loving mother. She was encouraged to ride well and become a true horsewoman. She moved to California to pursue a Bachelor’s in Psychology and grad school at Pepperdine University. While in California, Hilda Gurney took Lehua under her wing, and one lesson turned into a decade long opportunity as an assistant trainer at Keenridge.
After living in California for 20 years, she moved her business to Wellington, Fl in 2019 to fully commit to her invitation to join the US Development Program with goals of representing the US in international sport.
She is available year round in Wellington for bespoke coaching and training packages, and offers local and off-site clinics and virtual lessons as requested.
USDF Gold, Silver & Bronze medalist
USDF judges program “L” graduate with distinction
USDF certified instructor: Training – Second Level
2017 Third Level National Champion
US Dressage Developing Team Member
Assistant Trainer to Olympian, Breeder and Judge, Hilda Gurney for 10 years
Based out of Los Angeles Equestrian Center for 10 years as head of her own training business
Coached many riders to Regional and National Championships
Dressage judge at the Special Olympic World Games in LA, 2015
2x Recipient of Carol Lavell Grant
Trained multiple horses of various breeds to the FEI levels
Taken several horses through the FEI Young Horse Program
Trained in-residence with Debbie McDonald
Selected to clinic with internally renowned trainers such as Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester, Willy Arts and Scott Hassler