Horses have always been a part of Pia’s life as her mother is a passionate horsewomen herself. Growing up Pia did everything from competitive trial riding, 4-H, jumping, and eventing. But dressage was the sport that has captivated her. So it was a childhood dream come true for her to first represent Canada first as Junior with “Alascan” a family bred horse and trained by her mother. Then during her Young Rider years Pia won double gold at North American Championships with “Donagna” who was also family bred and trained by Pia herself. After university Pia lived and trained in Germany for 8 years, where she trained with German Olympic medalist Heike Kemmer. Pia also got to train with German Team trainer Jonny Hilberath and German Young Horse Trainer Hans Heinrich Meyer Zu Strohen. During that time she made it as far as the senior team at the 2012 Olympics with another very special horse by the name of “Orion”. After Orion Pia started from
the ground up again and with her young horses. In 2016 Pia and her horse Frieda, represented Canada at the World Young Horse Championships in Holland. Then in 2017 Pia and her boyfriend Lars moved from Germany back to Canada and together they run a training business “Dancing Feet Dressage” and have many talented horses which Pia is bringing up the levels.
Pia’s current top star horses are:
Frieda- she is eight years old this year and she is a very special Gem. Frieda is currently competing at the Prix St. George Level, but what is so exciting about Freida is that she has the potential to be a future star in the Grand Prix.
First Connection- he is a very elegant and absolutely stunning to watch move. First Connection is eleven this year and is very well established and successful in the Prix St. George. Pia is hoping to move him up to Grand Prix by the end of the year and if all goes according to plan Pia has her sights set on the 2020 Olympics.
“My horses and I absolutely love the Hansbo products because they are of fantastic quality and the therapeutic advantage they offer really help my horses relax and feel great. My two absolute favourite products are the sweat & travel rug and the no bow leg wraps. I use both of these every day and really notice a difference in my horses. ”