Volker is originally from Northern Germany and became a U.S. citizen in 2000. He was licensed as a Bereiter in 1980 and as a Reitlehrer in 1988 under the guidelines of The German Equestrian Federation.
Volker apprenticed with Walter Christensen in Tasdorf, Germany and continued riding with Walter through the 1980's. In 1981 Volker was invited by Priscilla Endicott (Author of "Taking Up the Reins") to be the trainer at her stable, The Ark, in Harvard, Massachusetts, replacing Louise Nathhorst of Sweden. In the mid to late 1980's he worked with sales barns and private stables, training and competing. From 1989 to 1993, in addition to independent training and coaching, he represented Hamilton Farm, of South Hamilton, Massachusetts, training and competing the stallions, including Benvolio and Oskar II.
Volker is a USDF Medalist and has trained numerous horses and horse/rider combinations to various USDF Medals. Volker trains and competes, as well as coaches other riders at the FEI level. Volker started working with Klaus Balkenhol (German Dressage Team Coach and past Olympian) in 1994. He continues to maintain a working relationship with Klaus.
Volker has written numerous articles on dressage techniques for magazines including Practical Horseman and Dressage TODAY. He has been the guest speaker for a number of dressage organizations including New England Dressage Association (NEDA) and the California Dressage Society-Santa Barbara Chapter (CDS-SB).