For over 20 years, Erika has been involved with various
aspects of the horse industry. From her early participation in
hunter/jumper and dressage to her current love of reining, each
discipline plays a role in her teaching and training style. She
began instructing as a fill-in for her trainer during high school. In 1996, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences
from Oregon State University, where she also became certified in the
Riding Instruction Program. She has spent the last several years
studying Resistance Free® techniques under the renowned
instructor/trainer, Richard Shrake.
In May 2006, Erika completed
the final step in Mr. Shrake’s Instructor Certification program.
She is excited to be a part of his team, and has been honored to
learn from such a great horseman.
While teaching is definitely her vocational passion, Erika also
enjoys showing and training.
Ken has been a resident of Bend, Oregon since 1979. He has
over 20 years of horse experience, and has been spending the last
several years studying natural horse training techniques. His training philosophy and program incorporates influences from Richard Shrake and John Lyons, as well as many others. Ken’s training is focused on the exciting sport of reining.
Ken and Erika enjoyed attending a clinic by the current number one reining trainer, Shawn Flarida. Ken is always excited to learn new techniques to add to his training repertoire.
Ken’s demeanor is calm and patient when working with you and your horse. His desire is to help your horse achieve its greatest potential. The first steps toward reaching that goal are to have a horse that is soft in the bridle and relaxed in the mind. From start to finish, these steps are fundamentals that cannot be forgotten no matter what discipline you choose.
Ken and Erika work as a team in developing horse and rider, as
well as caring for your horse’s needs here at Juniper Trails.