About Sven


Sven Smienk is the owner/founder and head trainer of Sven Smienk Dressage Stables. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Sven knew from the age of 8 that he wanted to become a full time dressage rider. He has developed himself as a trainer by working with some of the worlds best coaches such as; Anky van Grunsven, Robert Dover, Leslie Reid, David Marcus, Alex and Diederik van Silfhout, Albrecht Heideman, Ellen Bontje, Adelinde Cornelissen and Charlotte Dujardin. With this knowledge, Sven has trained and competed many dressage horses up to FEI level. In 2006 Sven moved to beautiful British Columbia in Canada where he continues his dream career in dressage. He works regularly with the best trainers in Europe and North America. He continually uses his knowledge and experiences to help match riders to the horse of their dream, achieve their goals and increase their ability to move upward and succeed.