Buddy, 1995 Paint Pony Stallion owned by Erika-West.
Chancellor WAS, 2007 Holsteiner gelding owned by Erika-West.
Incognito, 1998 Dutch Riding Horse gelding owned by Erika-West
Zoe, 2005 KWPN mare owned by Evelyn Angelle.
Be Niro WS, 2012 Hanoverian stallion owned by Erika-West.
Owner & Head Trainer.
USDF Gold, Silver & Bronze Medalist.
Erika is founder and owner of Erika-West Dressage. She is a USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist who has spent most of her life living around and working with horses. She is passionate about riding, teaching, and training horsemanship and Classical Dressage with more than 17 years of experience. Her goal is to help every rider and horse achieve their maximum potential with a vibrant and dynamic link.
Erika's first horse was a Paint pony stallion named Buddy that she purchased when he was 2 and she was 12 with money that she had already earned from training ponies. She brought Buddy from basic ground manners training and rode him in Dressage competitions all the way through Intermediaire II. Erika and Buddy have put on exhibitions for the Houston Dressage Society (HDS) where Erika rides both bridle-less and bareback. Erika has won numerous HDS and USDF awards as both a Junior/Young Rider and in the Open division, including riding many horses to the top 20 and several into the top 10 in USDF HOY rankings. She has qualified every year of the US Dressage Finals on several different horses.
Erika’s current primary competition mounts are her own 2007 Holsteiner gelding named Chancellor WAS (Cathalido x Jomez who is by Columbus) bred by Walkabout Station, whom she was invited to compete at the National Young Horse Championships in 2011 where he came in 12th place against excellent competition and in 2016 placed 4th in the US Dressage Finals Open 4th level Championship. Her primary goal for Chancellor is to continue developing him into a happy solid FEI horse working towards the sensational GP that he has the athleticism for.
Incognito, who is a 1998 Dutch Riding Horse gelding who she purchased in the spring of 2016 and is currently competing in I-2 and Grand Prix. Earning the final score for her USDF Gold Medal in the fall of 2016. She also owns a Hanoverian stallion prospect named Be Niro WS (Benetton Dream x Winessa by Deniro) who she purchased from Walkabout Station as a 3 month old. In 2013 and 2015 he was Southern Series Champion colt/gelding and was 2015 USEF DHSB Champion for 3 year old colts! She has now started him under saddle and is very excited about his future in the Dressage ring.
Zoe owned by Evelyn Angelle who is a 2004 KWPN (Taxateur x Symphony by Juventu) Keur mare currently competing successfully at I-1 and preparing for I-2 in 2017.
Erika was a working student with Lurena Bell for 4 1/2 years. She currently trains primarily with Whit Watkins and has enjoyed clinicing with Charles DeKunffy, Scott Hassler, William Solyntjes, Jan Ebeling and Conrad Schumacher. She also hosts and attends numerous clinics and has attended the annual Young Dressage Horse Trainers Symposium in Maryland and the FEI Trainer Symposium in FL to continue her advanced dressage education in addition to her constant pursuit of the discipline. Erika has worked extremely hard to achieve her current level of experience and with USEF recognition has placed herself squarely among the best riders and trainers in the United States.
Erika offers lessons to students from Intro to FEI level. She is happy to coach riders with modest goals such as improving general horsemanship and takes great joy in sharing the journey with the more ambitious. From the later category many of Erika's students have qualified for GAIG and SWDC Region 9 Championships and several of her students have progressed all the way to FEI under Erika's assistance even earning their Bronze and Silver Medals and Freestyle Bars.
Erika is the most natural person with a horse. She can get a horse to do anything with minimal aids. She is the best trainer I have ever had! ~Mary H~
Erika has the "touch" when it comes to horses. She has trained several of our youngsters and we couldn't be happier. Erika is very talented, calm, kind and disciplined. Horses love and respect her! ~Jan M~
I have known Erika for more than 10 years now, and I can sincerely say that I have never met a more genuine person in my life. She will make any of your dressage dreams come true and take you and your horse anywhere you want to go! ~Ashley B~
I purchased my horse Dominoe from Erika in June (2011). She had him from a yearling and did a fantastic job with him. He is my horse of a lifetime. Thank you Erika! ~Robin C~
Erika is the kind of rider we all wish we could be - balanced, sensitive to our horse's movement, and intuitive about everything horse-related. She is the most positive and patient trainer with whom I've worked. She brings out the best in us and in our horses! ~Mary R~
Erika is a fabulous trainer and coach. She has an amazing ability to read a horse and get the best effort from him. She's patient, consistent and kind, all the traits of a great horsewoman. ~Denise W~
Amazing! Erika is a wonderful trainer and coach who truly understands how to coach a wide variety of students, even if that means thinking outside the box. The barn is full of the best group of people that I am proud to call my barn family, nothing but positive encouragement for all students, no matter what level or type of equine they ride. ~Sammi Jo~
Glorianna, 2000 Oldenburg mare owned by Mary Hale-Hogue.