USDF Gold Medalist!
(photo © Anya-Maria Photography)
||Heather Salden-Kurtz is a USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer, USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist, a USDF Bronze and Silver freestyle medalist, and a USEA Gold Medalist and has earned a Gold Freestyle Bar. She has been working out of Cross Creek Stables in Cologne, MN since 1997, beginning as an assistant manager and working student before starting her own training business in 2006. Heather has ridden with many of the world's greatest trainers, including Betsy Steiner, Ralph Hill, and Janet Foy, Paul Belasik, Kate Phillips, and Emily Miles and rides regularly with USEF 'S' judge Bill Solyntjes.
Heather has started many young horses and brought them through the levels of dressage and eventing. She also specializes in "problem" horses, helping them work through their specific issues with a patient and understanding hand. Using classical dressage training, she believes in taking time to develop the trust and harmony between horse and rider, and strives to teach her students to do the same. She has a variety of lesson horses available for lunge seat lessons, dressage, and jumping.
Heather regularly competes at dressage and eventing shows, and has many students who enjoy competing as well. She and her students have won numerous awards at local and regional championships. Heather has coached numerous students to the FEI levels and USDF medals. But most importantly, they always have fun at the shows! Heather's students range in age from 10-70 years old, and she regularly schedules "youth days" for her younger students to get together to learn and have fun.
Heather has served on her area's local GMO, CSDEA, for 3 years and has organized many clinics and schooling shows. Continuing education is important to her, and she strives to bring in fresh new ideas to the area.
For more information on upcoming clinics and events, visit the Calendar.
Assistant trainer: Kjirsten Lee!
Kjirsten is a graduate "B" pony clubber with nearly 20 years of experience in the horse industry. She has worked with young horses and horses coming into work later in life, as well as horses coming back from injuries. Her horses have included off-track Thoroughbreds, Morgans, warmbloods, Quarter Horses, Quarter Horse Appendixes, and Arabians. She has competed successfully in recognized dressage and eventing, as well as at schooling jumper shows. She started teaching with Pony Club and went on to teach lessons as part of running the horse program at Camp Manito-wish YMCA. Kjirsten believes that correct dressage basics improve the connection between horse and rider in any discipline. She currently owns a delightful OTTB gelding named Gobain, who has taken a shine to dressage and eventing. (Below are three photos of Kjirsten in action.)
Congratulations to assistant trainer, Kjirsten, on her pregnancy! She is due in April! Working student, Erin Paul, will be filling in for her while she is out! Welcome to the Salden Training team, Erin!
Heather would also like to introduce her grooms, who are a vital part of her teaching and training activities:
Linda Anderson has been Heather's groom for 4 years. Heather cannot live without her! (Linda is pictured here with her Morgan, Tucker.)
Morgan Lemke (pictured above) has been grooming for Heather for 5 years. She and her new horse, Rico, will be joining her at the eventing shows this summer!
Groom Sandy Messer and her Appaloosa Jiibay.