Timber Ridge Equestrian Center - About Us!
Robin Birk is the owner, manager, and trainer of Timber Ridge Equestrian Center. Scott Minerva is farm’s Operational Manager and ensures that everything is in tip top shape. Let me publicly brag here about our other farm assistants who take pride in their work to ensure the health and happiness of our equines.
Robin has over 45 years experience with horses and has been riding since the age of 5. Robin spent most of her early years of riding hunters and then moved on to open jumpers. For the last 25 years, Robin’s passion has been on the development and training of dressage horses.
Robin is a FEI level competitor and is a USDF Silver Medalist. In 2013, Robin graduated from the USDF L Judging Training Program with Distinction and is currently licensed with the USEF as a ‘r’ dressage judge. Robin is also an approved young horse trainer by the American Hanoverian Society (AHS). Robin has also won a USDF Horse of the Year Award and has held other national rankings. Robin has placed at many regional shows and has achieved many other high point show awards and WPDA year-end awards. Robin has ridden with many national level clinicians including Jane Savoie, Linda Zang, Walter Zettl, Betsy Steiner, Janet Foy, Jeremy Steinberg, Dolly Hannon "S" and Michael Bragdell.
Robin enjoys breeding, training, and showing young horses. Robin has experience showing horses in hand and preparing stallions, mares and foals for AHS and ISR/Oldenburg breed inspections. Robin has successfully bred, raised, and trained her Hanoverian gelding “Willie B Irish” up to the I-1 level and other horses to the FEI Level.
Here are a few of the latest achievements
Successfully passed the USEF "r" Judges Training Program
WPDA Year-End Reserve Champion at I-1 with Willie B Irish
2016 WPDA Year-End Champion at Training Level with O'Pierre
WPDA Year-End Reserve Champion at PSG with Willie B Irish
WPDA Year- End Reserve Champion at I-1 with Wilie B Irish
WPDA Year-End Champion Southworth Memorial Musical Freestyle Award
O'Pierre - 2016 Reserve National Champion- FEI Five Year Old - ISR Oldenburg and ranked 20th overall
in the Nation. Training Levels scores as high as 78%
Willie B Irish - 2016 AHS ranked 31st in PSG and 15th at I-1
2015 Accepted into the USEF "r" Dressage Judges Training Program
Willie B Irish - Fifth Place - Regional Championships- 4th Level Musical Freestyle
O'Pierre - Participated in FEI Test for Four Year Olds
2014 WPDA Year-End Champion at PSG and Musical Freestyle Levels 1-4 (Fourth Level)
BLM Championship - 3rd Place 4th Level Musical Freestyle
WPDA Summer Sizzler - High Point - PSG
WPDA High Point Champion at 4th level on both days of the recognized June Show
Obtained all riding scores needed to apply for USEF “r” dressage judge (5 scores of 65% or more at 4th
level or higher)
Participant in the Edgar Hotz Memorial Judges Roundtable, NJ
2013 Robin Birk and Westin Moon served as demo horse and rider for a nationally printed article
printed in the December 2013 Equine Journal (http://issuu.com/hypmagazine1/docs/dec_issuu_opt.)
This article written by Natalie DeFee Mendik called “Steps to the Top”, won American Horse
Publications' annual Editorial and Graphics Awards as best instructional article in its circulation class.
WPDA Year-End Champion – Training Level
NODA July Show high point champion at Training Level and High Point Hanoverian of the Show
USDF L Judging Program – Graduated with Distinction
Earned USDF University Certificate for continuing education
2012 WPDA Year-End Reserve Champion – Pre St. Georges
Earned USDF Silver Medal
Earned USDF Training Level Certificate of Performance for Westin Moon
2010 BLM Championships – 10th at Training Level, 6th at Third Level, and 4th at Fourth Level
WPDA Year-End Champion at Training Level and Reserve Champion at 4th Level.
USDF Horse of the Year Champion - Appaloosa - Training Level
2009 WPDA Year-End Reserve Champion at 2nd and 3rd Levels
USDF Second Level Rider Performance Award and Second Level Certificate of Performance for Willie B
Earned USDF Bronze Medal
2008 WPDA Year-End Champion at 1st and 2nd Levels
Selected as a Demo rider for the USDF Adult Series Clinic with Jane Savoie at Hilltop
2006 Rode Willie B Irish in the USEF Markel Young Horse Championship Qualifier Series (FEI 4-year old Young
Horse Tests) and finished 30th nationally
2007 WPDA Year-End Champion at 1st Level
USDF First Level Rider Performance Award and First Level Certificate of Performance for Willie B Irish
2004 Selected as a Demo rider for the USDF Adult Series Clinic with Walter Zettl at Lake Erie College
Dressage Sport Horse Breeding (DSHB) – Horse of the Year (HOY) – Willie B Irish is Ranked 17th
nationally – 2 year old colt/geldings. Qualified for the Regional DSHB Championships