Minnesota Horse Council Announces 2018 Horse Person of the Year

                                          Dick Kiesner


 Dick Kiesner

Dick with Family and Friends for Horse Person of the Year Award


The Minnesota Horse Council takes great pride in awarding this honor to Dick Kiesner.

 Dick Kiesner is a horse specialist.  He has spent his life training horses and riders and teaching others how to do the same.

 Dick has a life-long commitment to horses and the horse industry, not only in Minnesota but throughout the country and Europe.  He has a broad base of experience, from his early beginnings in grooming for local trainers, to training and competing nationally and in Canada and Denmark.

 In the show ring, he presented multiple National Champion Performance horses and National Champion Equitation riders.  He has competed and judges events in the United States, Canada, and in Europe.  He was honored by his trainer peers as the first Professional Trainer of the Year by the Arabian Horse Association of America.  Twice he was elected to serve as the president of the Professional Arabian Horseman’s Association.

 Dick has trained horses and riders for the St. Paul Mounted Police, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department, Minneapolis Mounted Police, as well as for the public.  He has provided programs for equine-assisted therapy for at-risk and handicapped youth and adults.

 Dick is a published author on articles related to training and care of horses.  He taught equine-related courses at the University of Minnesota, University of Texas, Austin and Gustavus Adolphus. He has conducted numerous seminars on horse care and horsemanship.  Dick has also served on the advisory boards of 3M, Pfizer and CIBA-Geigy – manufacturers of horse care products.

 His list of students is very, very long and he leaves his stamp on these students.  Each has a certain style to their riding and driving skills – balanced, correct, sensitive to the horse and very competent in handling the horse in any situation.

 He is a fourth generation horseman.  His great grandfather was a horseman.  His grandfather made his living with horses operating an impressive delivery business for Grain Belt Brewery, as well as harness racing and polo playing at Fort Snelling on Sunday afternoons.  Dick’s father at the age of 18 took over his father’s business.  He too was a life-long horseman breaking horses at Indian reservations in South Dakota in his college years, to training and showing, buying and selling.  He knew his stuff and was a constant source of information and amazing stories about horses.

 Dick’s sister, Marla Kiesner Mullaney, writes that she has always been so proud of Dick – his dedication and integrity in his dealings with horses and the horse industry.  His first love and foremost concern is the horse and their well-being.  In training horses he focuses on how they think and how to build trust and get them to do their job with a happy willing attitude.

Dick Kiesner

As owner of Equisport, Dick Kiesner continues to train and lives at Boulder Run Farm in Buffalo, MN.  Dick is an accomplished equine sculptor and his bronzes have been shown in the Spirit of the West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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