Katie has been at Half halt Stables, training Dressage with Susanne Benne, since 2012 starting as a working student. She is now resposible for the Dressage kids program. Katie loves teaching children as well as adult amateurs. She has ridden and trained under Susanne Benne for many years and has a good base teaching Dressage. Katie Honeywell started riding at the Tally Ho Eventing Academy, in Utah. In 2011 Katie rode for 8 months as a working student under the guidance of a Canadian Olympic Eventer. In 2014 she Qualiefied for Regional Championships in First level with the very talented mare Roslyn. In the 2016 show season, Honeywell and the 7 year old Oldenburg mare Roslyn VT owned by Toni Pastermack performed their 3rd level debut.
In 2016 Katie earned her Bronce Medal. Her next goal is to become a certified usdf Dressage trainer and eran her silver medal!
Katie Honeywell - Dressage Kids Program
Jana Reich was born in Germany and moved to the United states in 2009, after gratuading high school. She always had a passion for horses much like her mother head trainer Susanne Benne. Jana is a very driven person and loves to compete and take on a challange. She takes big part in being a member of the family business and funktions has Susanne's right hand.
In 2012, after only a short time in the U.S., Jana achieved double Regional Champion in 4th level and Prix St. George and has earned her bronze and silver medals. In 2015 she won several 4 year old tests with scores of 74% and 79%. Through hard work and extensive training, she has worked her way up to being Susanne's Trainer's Assistant at Half Halt Stables. She excels in training young horses through the FEI levels and competing them at local and regional shows.
Jana's excellent organization skills and ability to work and communicate well with our clients have made her a valuable asset.
She has also been a great help as assistant coach at shows during our busy show seasons. Since 2015 Jana has been very involved with the Half Halt Stables sale department and took over most of the markenting for our farm.
January 2016 she earned the Certificate for the USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program. Her most recent achievments are with Fuerst Astreaus, a 9 year old oldenburg gelding. She took over the ride on him in 2015 and has trained him from 3rd level up to I1, earning her first 2 scores for her gold medal. They are schooling Grand Pix Movements now toward finishing her gold medal. Jana reich is a CLS 3 Star rider and is working towards her 4th star.
Jana Reich - Trainer Assistant
Half Halt Stables Dressage- Training Staff
Susanne has her masters degree in Dressage riding and jumping from Germany with the honor of the Stensbeck Placque and USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals. The outstanding achievements of her students are testament to the excellent Dressage training she provides. She is successful in training horses to the best of their potential, while keeping them happy and content with her friendly way of training. Susanne Benne is a CLS 5 star rider.
Susanne Benne - Pferdewirtshaftmeister FN
Chase De Marco - Trainer Assistant
Chase DeMarco has over 20 years of horsemanship experience with a diverse background in both riding and teaching Western, English and Dressage. As a teenager, Chase was known as a fearless rider eager to work with even the most challenging mounts, and this reputation showed his blossoming patience and skill working with horses. In 2007, his journey through Dressage began with an apprenticeship under Susanne Benne at Half Halt stables. Eager to compete, he was eventually given the opportunity to debut one of Susanne’s training horses after only 6 months of formal training. This new partnership was so successful that they became 2009 USDF Region 3 Champions!
After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Central Florida, Chase was confident that coaching riders and developing horses would be his path in life. He founded “DeMarco Performance Horses” in 2010, and quickly acquired a client base of all levels and disciplines, from 4-H Western riders to classical Dressage adult amateurs. As his clients have seen their own success over the years, Chase has kept pursuing his own personal goals of becoming a USDF certified trainer and an FEI-level Dressage rider. In 2016 he earned his USDF Bronze medal, followed quickly thereafter with his USDF Silver Medal in 2018. Chase has now set his sights on his USDF Gold Medal and achieving a USDF Dressage Trainer Certification. In addition to being a Silver Medalist, Chase is well on his way to acquiring his 3-Star CLS rider rating during the 2018 season.
Chase lives by the quote, “The day you think you know it all is the day you stop learning.” Keeping true to those words, Chase has returned to Half Halt stables as an Assistant Trainer.
Tami Glover - Trainer Assistant
Tami Glover has over 25 years of experience in the horse industry ranging from Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, and Eventing. She was a part of 4-H and Pony Club as a child and showed successfully at the local level and acquired her C3 rating in Pony Club. She attended the infamous Hilltop Farm in Colora, MD during the summers throughout her Middle and High School years developing a close relationship with Jill Hassler-Scoop. After graduating high school, she continued her education at Hilltop Farm as a Working Student training under Jill’s son, Scott Hassler.
In 2000, she was chosen to attend the International Academy for Equestrian Studies in Warendorf, Germany, where she lived for almost 2 years. While in Germany, she trained under Stephan Kiesewetter, the former deputy director of the German Reitschule, and many more German trainers.
She developed a unique understanding of the German training system and successfully completed the Trainer A and Trainer B courses while attending the academy. While she was offered to stay in Germany, she returned to the states in 2002 and began training at Hilltop Farm under Scott Hassler. During her time at Hilltop, she achieved many accomplishments including the winning title of the 2006 USEF/Markel 4-year Old National Championship aboard Leslie Valente’s BW-Callista.
Her time at Hilltop allowed her to travel up and down the East Coast to show through 3rd Level and winning local and regional championships including BLM, Dressage at Devon, USEF/MARKEL Young Horse Championships, and GAIG. She had the great opportunity to start young horses and bring them up through the levels, as well as ride the stallions at Hilltop such as Parabol, Contucci, and Riverman and other FEI trained horses.
Tami gives most of her success to her time at Hilltop under Scott Hassler and the opportunity to “live and breathe” horses while in Germany. She has completed clinics with Steffen Peters, Michael Klimke, Courtney King-Dye, Christoff Hess, Lisa Wilcox, Bo Jena, Anne Gribbons, Ben Jenson, Eckart Meyners, and trained under Christopher Hickey during his time at Hilltop.
In 2009, she decided to move back to Rockledge and be near her family. This allowed her to finish college and complete her B.A. degree in Interpersonal/Organizational Communications in 2013.
She jointed the Team at Half Halt Stables to become one of the assisting trainers in 2018.