Eric Dierks

Eric loves to share the art of good horsemanship bringing out the harmony between horse and rider through methodical training.  Beginning riding at an early age, graduating as an “A” from Pony Club, riding in the NAYR Championships and competing at Rolex, he has trained many horses to Advanced levels and has helped many riders to achieve their goals.

A graduate of Illinois State University with a BS in Environmental Health, he continued with his horse career as a competitor and instructor. Winning the First National Retired Race Horse Challenge in 2002, he promotes careers for thoroughbreds after their racing careers.  A big advocate for education, he coached the Area IV Young Rider 3-Day Team at the NAYR Championships, served on the Board of Governors for the US Pony Club and has published many articles on training.  Whether riding just to improve your skills or to compete, Eric enjoys passing his expertise on to his students.


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Kenneth Dierks

Ken has a long and successful career in Eventing at the upper levels and showing in Dressage and Jumpers. His style is patient and positive and focuses on instilling confidence in the horse and rider. His philosophy and background is based on classical dressage and improving your horse through correct riding.

He has competed in several American Eventing Championships and helped many students and their horses achieve success in the show ring. As a graduate of Augustana College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications, he uses his communication skills with his horsemanship knowledge and experience to teach in a precise and uplifting manner. He teaches Beginners through Advanced Levels.

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Klaus Dierks Driving

Klaus Dierks

Klaus has over 40 years of experience with every phase of horsemanship.  He is an expert in long-lining, ground work, natural horseman-ship and good old-fashioned dressage.  He has competed to 4th Level Dressage.  He has served as USEA Area IV Chairman and organizer and co-organizer of Fox River Valley Pony Club Horse Trials.

As designer and builder of the Silverwood Farm Horse Trial cross-country course, he is always involved in the sport.  He also competes in Com- bined Driving and enjoys training horses to drive.