Our Instructors

Our Instructors teach hunter, jumper & dressage disciplines for pleasure riding or the show ring, as well as basic beginner riding skills. The emphasis is on safety and having fun! The benefit of a small program is having individual lessons on great horses. 


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Kathy Purtill

My lesson program is aimed at beginners – adults and children alike – on safe, wonderful horses, teaching beginning Dressage and Jumping.

Balance, patience, independent seat and kindness to the horse are all taught as part of the lesson plan, along with horsemanship, correct handling, safety, grooming and tacking up/untacking, creating a well-rounded and confident student.

I’ve been riding and enjoying horses since I was 7 years old, and have been an instructor in this area since 2003. Growing up in South Africa I had the opportunity to instruct on a part time basis, beginning whilst still a teenager, giving me the knowledge and enthusiasm to begin my program here in Powder Springs.

Not long after I became involved as a volunteer in a Hippotherapy Program, I obtained my Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification (2004). I loved seeing the benefits that children reaped from horse riding – both mental and physical. Most of my current students are able bodied riders, but I still have one student with a few challenges. 


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Chris Erbskorn

Chris was born and raised in Dothan, Alabama where he began riding at the age of six. Initially he learned eventing which includes dressage, cross country and stadium jumping. He eventually settled on dressage as his passion, but is a multi-discipline trainer. Chris has trained under many successful and well known trainers including Lars Peterson, Gunter Seidel, Conrad Schumacher, Betsy Steiner, Paul Belasik, George Williams and Scott Hassler. Chris has won championships and had top placings at USDF Regionals. He is a six time Gypsy Vanner National Champion with two horses over multiple disciplines. He has qualified for and competed at the UADF Nationals. This talented trainer has earned both his Bronze and Silver Medals from the USDF plus is halfway to his Gold Medal.

He is currently located in Woodstock, GA where he has a large barn and training program. He comes to Silver Lining Stables once a week to give lessons to the owner who is working on her USDF Silver Medal.