About Michael Sjerven

Having started riding at the age of 10, Michael has always strived for excellence. Not coming from a wealthy family, Michael was never afforded the opportunity to learn on "true schoolmasters," often taking on horses that were characterized as challenging — making it work through dedication and determination. His first horse was a 14.2 Arabian mare, named Shez Rhoyal Image (“Mirage”), and under the tutelage of Minnesota trainer Kathy Mueller, they navigated the lower levels on the Minnesota show circuit. During this time, Michael had the opportunity to clinic with sought-after clinicians such as Amy Larson, Hokan Thorn, and Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel. At 15, it came time to search for Michael’s next partner. After months of searching, he came upon 7-year old Don Augusto (by Don Frederico x Aderlass). The horse had a reputation for being “difficult,” but through time, dedication and diligence, they have gone on to garner numerous USDF Year-End Awards, Show Series Championships and High-Point Awards, from Training Level through Intermediaire I.

Through his pursuit of excellence, Michael has had the opportunity to ride with and learn from some the country’s foremost riders and trainers; including Rosalind Kinstler, Shelly Francis, Janet Foy and George Williams. For three seasons, Michael had the good fortune of being a working student/apprentice for multiple Nation’s Cup rider, World Cup Finalist, and USEF Youth Coach George Williams. During his time with Williams Dressage, he had the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of a high-performance operation – from feeding and grooming to (competition) riding. 

Since returning to the Twin Cities area, Michael has cultivated a diverse clientele, ranging from those just embarking on their dressage journey to accomplished Jr/Yrs, Adult Amateurs, & professionals. Students of Sjerven Dressage have garnered numerous awards: including; numerous high-point championships; Regional accolades & championships; Pony Cup Awards & Titles; and NAYC Medals (both in Eventing & Dressage).

Over the last three years, Michael has been riding under the tutelage of Olympic Bronze Medallist, Lisa Wilcox. Michael is currently working towards his Grand Prix debut with the recently acquired 'BJ", a Dutch gelding by the prolific sire, Jazz. We are excited to track their journey during the 2021 season.