Trainers

The Trainers at Haras Dos Cavaleiros share a common love of the Lusitano horse breed. Their mission is to breed, train and campaign the Haras bloodline of Lusitanos and to promote the sport of working equitation in the USA.
Tiago Ernesto

Tiago Ernesto


A Portuguese native, Tiago graduated with top honors from the Portuguese School of Equestrian Arts. Following graduation, Tiago was mentored under top Trainers including Jeanette Jenny and Jorge de Sousa of Companhia das Lezirias. A gifted working equitation and dressage trainer and clinician, Tiago is currently head trainer at Haras Dos Cavaleiros in Magnolia, Texas, where he also manages the farm’s Lusitano breeding program. Prior to joining Haras Dos Cavaleiros in 2010, Tiago worked with several of the best regarded breeders in Portugal, including Santa Margarida and Jose Joao Dinis. There, he developed a vast knowledge of the Lusitano horse and the bloodlines forming the foundation of the breed. Tiago currently shows at the International Level of Working Equitation and Grand Prix Level Dressage. His show record includes a number of championships and awards,both in Portugal and the United States including Best Presenter in Golega in 2010, many in-hand wins at IAHLA National Shows, and multiple Working Equitation championships.
Dori Johnson

Dori Johnson


Growing up on her family’s horse farm in Maryland, Dori Johnson achieved her A rating in Pony Club early on and has successfully competed in Working Equitation, Polocrosse, Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing, and Mounted Games. Dori has competed internationally numerous times representing the United States, twice for Mounted Games in England and Australia, and multiple times for Polocrosse, two of which were at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups held in England and South Africa respectively. Her personal horse was named Horse of the Year for 2016 by the American Polocrosse Association. She has trained and coached in satellite programs abroad for international clientele in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. For many years, she has studied under Daniel Stewart (USET Coach, Sports Psychologist, and author) and is a head coach for his Ride Right program where she is accredited to teach aspects of Rider Fitness and Conditioning, as well as Equestrian Sports Psychology. Dori happily shares her vast knowledge of horsemanship while continuing to build her repertoire, learning and training in the Working Equitation and Dressage disciplines under Jorge de Sousa.
Carmen Elisa Franco

Carmen Elisa Franco


Carmen is a Dressage Rider, Trainer and Judge, born in Colombia. Previously, she lived in Germany for 3 years where she obtained the title of Bereiterin in Warendorf, at the prestigious German Equestrian Federation. Four times National Champion in her home country,she has been part of the Colombian National Team on several occasions as a rider and as a Chef d'Equipe. Carmen has also been involved with Haras dos Cavaleiros since 2013 giving Dressage Clinics, training, and showing some of the horses in South Florida. She has attended 3 seminars with Claudia Matos (POR) for Working Equitation and has been active in the shows at Haras Dos Cavaleiros and Andalusian World Cup as a Paddock Steward, Technical Delegate, Show Secretary and Scorer. Finally, she has been an Advisor for WEIAUSA in regards to the Rulebook updates.
Lori Gibson

Lori Gibson


Lori Gibson has been riding as long as she can remember. At age 5 she joined the United States Pony Club and was an active member for eleven years. Lori has experience competing and training in Eventing, Dressage, and Hunter/Jumper as well as Western Dressage and Trail. Lori believes the fundamentals of riding and jumping come from a sound knowledge of flatwork, emphasizing dressage, which is a major component in any discipline or level of riding. As a certified American Riding Instructor Association (ARIA) trainer, Lori believes in teaching safe horsemanship through management and equine care. Her lesson program encourages students of all types to not only go after their personal riding goals, but to become well-rounded horsemen. Having taught in many different settings, her ability to adapt in order to reach each student’s personal needs sets her apart as a fun and effective instructor.

IN HOUSE DISCIPLINES

In Portugal, the Lusitano is used in every equestrian activity, from dressage and working equitation to hunting, mounted bullfighting, and farm work. Though we participate in every discipline and have won the highest awards in many categories, Haras Dos Cavaleiros aims to specialize in working equitation, the maximum versatility discipline, which is based on the traditional riding of major European countries. It is a contest featuring field elements such as the gate, bridge, zig zag, and an optional cattle handling phase. The horse for this discipline must be agile, fast, and above all have a very good mind because the obstacles are diverse and represent challenges typically found in the field. Several countries such as Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, England, France, Holland, Mexico, Belgium, and Austria have hosted international competitions in Working Equitation. Through sponsorship, enthusiasm and example, the goal of Haras Dos Cavaleiros is to help introduce and nurture development of this exciting equestrian discipline in the United States.

FACILITIES

The Haras Dos Cavaleiros facility, located in Magnolia Texas, is a premier Lusitano breeding farm and horse show venue. The gorgeous grounds and facility includes the

training barn complete with 44 stalls. There are currently 15 stallions in training along with many up and coming youngsters at various stages of training.

At Haras Dos Cavaleiros, there are three arenas, two covered and one outdoor. The main arena is 50 mts by 80 mts while the other two arenas are 30 mts by 70 mts.

In addition, there are 100 lighted, 10 by 10 ft. exhibitors stalls with wash rack.