Plans for moving into 2018…

Exciting Plans for 2018 include Coronado continuing his winning was in GP, hopefully without any Lyme interruptions. Wispen will debut at Grand Prix this season, making him the third horse I have trained from scratch to Grand Prix! Several students will be showing for the first time this year in many levels of dressage.

We have 3 horses owned by the Warner Family making their leap into the Jumper divisions, as well as a new horse on the horizon for the Hunter/Equitation division! Give us a call and join the success and excitement.


What a year! We started it off with a big event, the arrival of my daughter, Aubrey Christine Betz on March 02, 2017! Aubrey was good to mama and I was able to get back to work really quickly.

Hugely exciting was the FEI approval in 2016 of Myler Bits for FEI dressage use, that was followed in April 2017 by the USEF/USDF approval for the 2017 show season beginning in June of the 2017.

I was so excited to have the USEF approve these bits. As many of you know Coronado has been the poster child of the Myler bits for dressage. He loves them, and trying to compete him without them has been a really unpleasant challenge.

Waiting until June to compete Coronado, I debut Wispen to a very successful First and Second place finish, 64%+ in I-1 as I continued to solidify his Grand Prix work for 2018.

My anticipation of showing Coronado in Grand Prix in his Myler Bits was dampened by him contracting Lyme Disease. It showed itself by aggressive swelling of his right hock joint, and oddly around his left eye lid. We got it under control with the help of our amassing vet Kimberly Browkaw, taking three treatments. Recovery was frustrating, as Coronado’s performance would be strong at one show, and not so great at another as the he rediscovered his body and worked the kinks out of his system. We were greatly helped in our training by my coach Kathrine Nelson and being able to work with a new trainer Alfrado Hernadez. We feel so blesses to have Alfrado’s help and insight. Inspite of the challenges, Coronado was Reserve Champion at CBLM Championship in Lexington VA and Forth in the Grand Prix Championship.

Catus is still strong and fit and enjoying light training and his teaching duties, while Sport has his lesson load and is taking show students to the occasional show.!

Results from 2016

2016 was a big year. Coronado grew and developed in his understanding of the Grand Prix, racking up some solid score and finishing the year as Reserve Champion Region One Grand Prix Musical Freestyle, and Eighth in the Grand Prix, even though he was carrying an extra passenger, my little bun in the oven, Aubrey Betz.

An exciting development in Dressage was the acceptance by the FEI, just before the 2016 Olympics in Rio, of many of the Myler snaffles and several of the Myler curbs. Looking forward to riding Coronado in the bits he loves most, pending USEF approval as well.

Catus started the 2016 show year strong, winning his two GPMFS entered and qualifying  for CBLM’s, however I decided not to compete the CBLM’s due to my growing baby bump, and let Catus retire at the top of his game, sound, strong and happy. He is now training for fitness and pleasure and teaching a few lessons a week at Motter Station Stables.

HPB Wispen, owned by Karen White-Pikovsky and myself, made a respectable PSG depute scoring mid 60%’s despite of his show nerves, and his FEI future looks bright!

Show Results – 2015

2015 was a great year for Christine Betz Dressage.  Catus was his usual rock star self! The King still reins! With only two shows he qualified for USDF Regionals again! He also scored his and my personal best scoring over 67%+ in Grand Prix and 75%+ in the Grand Prix Freestyle! At regionals Catus set out to prove that like fine wine, he’s improved with age. He was a handful! His passion to perform was a little difficult to channel at times but he still placed a close Third in the Freestyle and Forth in the Grand Prix! I guess the King isn’t ready to retire! Look for him next year in the GP, GPMF & the GPS. Going to aim for CBLM’s for Catus in 2016 as Regionals will be held in early September and Kitty Kat doesn’t do well in the heat or sharing the spot light with Coronado! 2015-10-17 20.55.16

Coronado really stepped up to the plate for 2015. He qualified for Regionals at I-2 and helped me to earn my USDF Gold Freestyle Bar by achieving some great scores in the I-1 freestyle. We spent 2015 learning and developing his skills and understanding for Grand Prix. At Lexington he placed 5th in the I-2 Championship, despite some errors on my part.  Additionally, he debuted in his first Grand Prix placing third in both class in spite of his greenness. So proud of this horse and how far he has come.  I am very grateful to Dale Myler of Myler Bits for all his hard work in helping make Coronado happy in his mouth to accept contact, and Custom Saddlery and Cate for getting him so well fitted in his saddle.
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My Students had a great 2015! I am so privileged to have so many dedicated professionals and amateurs to work with. Kris Phelps of Crescendo Training Centre, earned her USDF Gold Medal. I have had the pleasure of coaching her up the levels with her Arabian & Half-Arabian horses and am thrilled to be a part of her success.

Karen Pikovsky of Darby Down Equestrian Centre had a banner year with CBD! wispen pvda winsIn early 2015 she purchased Wispen from me, who was training 4th Level/PSG. Mounted on Wispen she in four shows earned her USDF Bronze Medal, a life time riding goal of her’s! Looking forward to 2016 we are aiming for her Silver.  I am so proud of Karen and Wispen, they are such a wonderful partnership.

ali emma regionalsIn 2014 Ali Calkins of Forward Strides LLC, earned her Bronze Medal and in 2015 we debuted her Apendix Quarter Horse mare; I See Stars, at Fourth Level, earning scores towards her Silver medal. Ali has worked diligently all year to build the mare’s confidence in her changes and I’m confident that she will be holding her Silver Medal at the end of 2016.

Elizabeth Knight is a junior rider who for the last two years has been learning the intricacies for dressage for Coronado and me. This year she earned 3 more scores that she needed for her USDF Bronze Medal. We are looking forward to 2016 and completing this important goal for Elizabeth.

Congratulations to Officer Sebeke Jefferson on placing second in the Nation! At his mounted police officer equitation championship in Kentucky in September. (Judged much like a dressage test) So proud to be associated with him and his department

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So proud of Rattle Around the rescue OTTB that Jane Allen rescued & we helper her re-start for the OTTB Challenge thus October, also held in Kentucky. They made us proud in the hunter division.

Show Results – 2014

Christine and Catus finish in the TOP TEN at the USEF National Dressage Finals
in the open Grand Prix Musical Freestyle!!!!

Chrsitine and Catus earn Reserve Champion in the Grand Prix Musical Freestyle
at the Region One GAIG Champiships!!!


Coronado was featured on the cover of the November 2014 issue of the PVDA newsletter!


VADA/NOVA Spring Dressage April 5-6
Christine and Catus earned qualifying scores for CBLM’s and Regionals!
Grand Prix 63.4%
Grand Prix Freestyle 65.7%

From Christine:
“I am very excited and proud of my students and horses this weekend. Wins & excellent placings from Second Level through Grand Prix!! Kristin and Gentleman earned wins in the GP/I-1 Freestyle & 4th in the GP on Sunday earning scores for Regionals. Catus & I earned a 3rd Place in the Grand Prix & a Second in the Open GP/I-1 Freestyle on Sunday earning scores for Regional Finals, scores in the mid-60’s, placing Third & Second. I’m very pleased considering the winter we had. Ali Calkins earned her Second Level Bronze Medal Scores and CBLM entrance.
I am very proud of Elizabeth Knight riding my Coronado earned her scores for Third Level enterance to CBLM’s and for her Bronze Medal! What a weekend So proud of you all!!”