Dirk is an accomplished rider and competitor, with more than 40 years experience. He has won a number of State and Australian national dressage championships since moving here from the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, Dirk competed primarily in show jumping events.
When he moved to Australia (with his then wife Sicca) in 1982, The Dijkstra’s purchased the Australian Equine Academy from its, founder Fred Hoevenaars, husband of well known Australian International Judge Susie. It is this business which forms the basis of today’s AEA Dressage, although along the way Dirk’s interests and skills have expanded and developed.
Dirk is successfully competing the stallions AEA Metallic and AEA Tuschinski and is a current member of the Victorian Senior State A Dressage squad. Dirk has the highest qualifications in Dressage in Australia:
- An EFA NCAS Level 3 Coach
- A Coach Educator
- An EFA Assessor
- An A level Dressage Judge
- Colt Classifier
Dirk has conducted clinics throughout Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Dirk is one of a handful of Dressage Riders in Australia who is out competing at the highest level as well as Instructing. He has had many years experience as a mentor to working pupils and has produced some of Australia’s best riders such as James Patterson Robinson. He has competed at the highest possible level in all Olympic horse riding disciplines and is ready to pass on his knowledge and experience to the next generation of equestrian enthusiasts.