Training and Teaching Philosophies at Kierson originate from Kierson's dedication to establish true horsemanship in each of our riders.
Kierson Farms has taken dozens of horses and riders to National and World Titles, including several World and National Championships. Kierson has quickly become a dominating force in the American Saddlebred Industry.
Kierson Farms is proud of its reputation for turning out top Amateur and juvenile riders that compete at the top of the industry. Training and Teaching philosophies at Kierson originate from Kierson’s dedication to establish true horsemanship in each of their riders.
AT KIERSON FARM WE TAKE PRIDE IN OUR EXCEPTIONAL FACILITIES AND OUR PICTURE PERFECT SETTING.
Owner/Trainer/ Riding Instructor
Owner/ Trainer/ Riding Instructor
Nikki grew up in Columbia, MO. She started riding at age 5 at Stephen’s College Summer Camp. During her Junior Exhibitor career she showed in equitation and performance winning top ribbons at Kentucky State Fair, American Royal, and top 10 in the UPHA Challenge Cup Finals She she graduated with a B.S. in Equestrian Science form William Woods University in 2000. Throughout college Nikki worked for Virgil Helm, continuing her time there until 2009. She was able to show and work many World and National Champions such as WC Lady Bella, WC Take a Guess, WC Enchanting Memories, and many more. Moving to High Spirits Farm in 2009 she worked and showed three time World Champion It's Dan the Man, among others.
Hilary Wilcox comes to us from her home in St. Louis Missouri. She has been working with and riding horses her whole life. She comes from a horse background and grew up riding and helping at her grandmothers Redwing Farm. She has had the opportunity to work with amazing trainers and instructors throughout her life.
and has had the opportunity to study under other trainers and instructors through school. Hilary attended Stephens College in Columbia Missouri and received her degree in Equestrian Business Management.
Fredy Cruz has been working at Kierson Farm for over 6 years, and worked for the previous owners years before that. Fredy’s dedication to the horses and the farm is unparalleled. Fredy aids with the day to day exercise routine of all 30 training horses as well as taking a lead roll in day to day barn management. Fredy has been an integral part of the Kierson Farms success.
MEET OUR HORSES
At Kierson Farm we train American Saddlebreds, Morgans, and Hackney Ponies. Saddlebreds are an especially beautiful and intelligent breed, that are fun to ride or drive. The ideal Saddlebred has a long, arched neck that is carried high with elegance and expression. Saddlebreds are also bred for high “motion” or stepping. They are an animated breed that is highly responsive and comfortable, like a finely tuned sports car. Style, quality, and refinement are desirable traits for Saddlebreds.
One of the breed’s special features is that it has inherited a special predisposition for learning two extra gaits: the elegant slow gait gait and the flashy, fast rack. These are man-made, four-beat gaits that certain Saddlebred horses are trained to do at a young age.
Above everything, the American Saddlebred breed’s most distinguishing trait is its high intelligence. Happy, alert, and curious, American Saddlebreds possess a people-oriented personality, endearing them to their owners and admirers.
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We've dedicated our lives to our love of the horse and our love for teaching.