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 "Always put yourself in your horse's shoes" 

About Laura DeCesari

Laura DeCesari was born to ride horses. There was never any doubt from a very young age that horses were going to be Laura's life.

Laura has her USDF Bronze , Silver and Gold Medal all with distinction. She has many trainers that have influenced her career but in particular Steffen Peters has helped her become the rider she really wanted to be. Laura continues to be inspired by him and trains with him in San Diego as much as possible. Her goal is not only to have a wonderful training program but to become an Elite Grand Prix dressage rider. Laura takes pride that all her horses she has earned achievements on have been on horses she has trained herself. The first horse she showed down centerline at the Grand Prix level she started herself. 

Laura has helped riders receive their bronze, silver and gold medals. She has also helped riders to success at States, Regionals, NAJYRC, Dressage Finals and Lamplight.



Laura largely credits her early success in the horse industry to the horsemanship and groundwork techniques she learned from attending clinics, watching videos, and taking lessons from her coach and mentor, Eleanor Stine-Masek.


Ellie Stine-Masek, (Large “S” Dressage Judge & USDF Gold Medalist) has been more than just a coach to Laura - she has been a mentor both personally and professionally. Ellie is a coach-of-a-lifetime for Laura and has always taught Laura to put herself in the horse’s shoes and to see everything through the horse’s eyes. 


Horses taught Laura many life lessons from a young age. She learned she could always find a better way to communicate, to be fair and consistent to maintain a relationship, and to find a release and “let go” when things were where they needed to be. 


The DeCesari name was used for the business to honor Laura's late father Mark DeCesari. 

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Laura’s dressage career started with a bang! Her Junior career in dressage was very successful, placing 5th Individually at the NAJYRC in 2007 on a borrowed horse named Domino B2. Her Young Rider career was just as successful, as Laura received the Team Gold in 2010 on a horse named Cheenook II. This was an especially notable accomplishment, as Laura had trained Cheenook from Training Level to Prix St George and the pair was undefeated at every show up to fourth level!


In 2011 Laura’s talent and hard work was noticed and she was selected to attend the Young Rider Olympic Dream Program funded by the Dressage Foundation. The program allowed Laura to visit international stables and to learn training methodology from Ingrid Klimke, Klaus Martin Rath, Matthias Rath, Hubertus Schmidt, Michael Klimke, Wolfram Wittig, and Klaus Balkenhol.



Inspired and encouraged by the Young Rider Olympic Dream Program trip, Laura launched DeCesari Equestrian in 2011. Now being in business for over 10 years, Laura  settled into a boutique training business to help riders succeed in meeting their goals. . 


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