Lucia Rapalyea has been fascinated with the dressage since her early days as a Pony Clubber. She grew up in Salisbury, New Hampshire and graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a bachelor’s degree in Equine Business Management.
She spent a year as a working student in Holland for Dutch Olympic rider Bert Rutten and upon arrival, selected a 3-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding named Pascal. He was her first international prospect, which she trained herself from lower levels to Grand Prix.
In 2008 Lucia purchased a new dressage prospect, Amani. The pair has had a successful show career at Prix St.George and Intermediare – I. The pair looks forward to Intermediare – II and Grand Prix in the near future.
Lucia is currently the head trainer at Creekside Equestrian in Yucaipa, California.
She believes that, to be true competitors, she and her equine partners must work daily to build a trusting and positive relationship.
Lucia told us she really likes navy, and rust/ burnt oranges, natural colors. She describes herself as a bit more “sporty” than the average dressage rider and likes to look smart and sporty every day working with her horses and clients.
Like her style? Here is all the info to get the look:
The super sporty and lightweight Anna jacket by Horze is an excellent example of Lucia’s style preferences. Natural beige colored breeches by Mountain Horse are the ideal pair to combine with Lucia’s favorite rust and navy color scheme. The rust colored Isabel Marant Etoile Keiran shirt perfectly combines sporty functionality with timeless style.
Lucia loves the look and individuality of the custom C4 belts and chose this one in particular as it fits perfectly with the whole look. C4 now offers you a special 10% discount if you’d like to shop the same belt or any other great personalized combo by using the code: thebeltguy at check out.
The blue and brown gloves are summer Roeckl and the blue helmet is by Samshield.
Lucia likes the idea of having all she needs close by throughout the day when riding or coaching and the Black Night competition accessories rider wristlet in chestnut is an ideal item for this.
Last but not least, Lucia likes the sporty functionality of a casual shoe throughout the day, but when riding, she loves the stylish De Niro custom riding boots.
Have a stylish ride!