Kiersten is a Grand Prix rider and trainer and an Equine Canada level 2 certified coach available for lessons (haul ins welcome, or will travel to you), training, and clinics.
Kiersten has been an Equine Canada coach specializing in dressage for over 20 years. She has had the benefit of training with amazing coaches who have shaped the athlete and trainer she is today. Kiersten trained with Dietrich Von Hopffgarten for several years. She has ,consistantly worked with Olympic rider Leslie Reid for the last 15 years. She has taken clinics with Anky Van Grunsven, Conrad Schumacher, Ellen Bontje, Willy Arts, Colonel Christian Carde, Leonie Bramall, Christilot Boylen, and Bert Rutton.
Kiersten has a Bachelor of Arts dergee in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.
Kiersten has enjoyed competing on both her own and her clients horses with great results, winning many championships. Winning both Prix St George classes at the prestigious 2015 Dressage at Devonwood show in Oregon on her horse Urial was a highlight. She has moved Urial up to Grand Prix for 2016 and is enjoying much success at this level.
In 2015, Kiersten travelled to Brazil with a client to help select and import a Lusitano stallion---"Druida Do Top".
In her own words:
" I am tremendously passionate about Dressage. From an early age I knew there was something special about this sport. The moment when things click between you and the horse has an almost spiritual quality. After years of doing this sport I feel I have come full circle to the place I started as a little girl. I am here because I love riding and I love horses. I truly appreciate the horses I work with and because I make my training about them and not about me and my wants and goals, I find remarkable things happen! I love to share this with my students and help to teach them how to understand their horses and how to get the very best out of them."