Erika’s Cavaletti clinic helps the rider create a sport horse that is highly responsive, maneuverable, can rapidly and smoothly collect or extend the gaits, stop, turn, and remain balanced. Erika’s 45 minutes of instruction deliver results that other training doesn’t accomplish in years. Best known for her ability to achieve fast results with no pressure for the horse or the rider, she supplies her students (two & four-legged) with volumes of empathy and encouragement.
The motto of the clinic is All Breeds, All Disciplines, All Levels.
Dubbed the Cavaletti Lady, Erika brings 30 plus years of exceptional knowledge and career accomplishments from her native Sweden as well as Germany, New Zealand, and California. Her unsurpassed equine education took off with Team Eriksson’s 120 trot horses in training. This position was followed up by two years of Horse College in Skara, Sweden. The program included horse science, shoeing, nutrition and studies on breeds and bloodlines.
She pursued jumping, eventing, dressage, and four-in-hand carriage driving. While at the Flyinge National Stud, eventing was studied with Olympic medalist, Jan Jonsson. For show jumping, Erika trained under Peter Eriksson. Erika completed her dressage training under Bo Jena. She rode for Kyra Kyrklund and worked with her trainer, Richard White, as well.
The Hallmark Thoroughbred Stud in New Zealand was the next endeavor. Erika worked the horses at the gates and assisted with about 45 births. She went on to work for Gaye Withers, a top FEI trainer and rider, and the most prominent breeder of Hanoverians in New Zealand. Erika was responsible for starting her young stock and competing horses through Prix St. George.
After her time in New Zealand, Erika was the first-ever Swedish auction rider at the Hanoverian Society in Verden, Germany. She rode 7-10 horses a day under the constant supervision of top trainers and held this position for three years.
In the US, The Equestrian Facility at Chalk Hill Winery in Healdsburg, CA hired Erika as their dressage trainer and stable manager in 1997. For six years Erika enjoyed opportunities to train with Steffen Peters and Debbie McDonald. Erika ventured out on her own as the owner of EJ Dressage when she went back to Sweden in 2003. While Erika loves Sweden, she was chased back to California by the terrible Swedish winters. And, fortunately for us, she resides in the Sonoma wine country with her husband and daughter.