Christine is a USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medalist. Christine’s scores for these medals were achieved on her Bavarian Warmblood Catus, (1st though Grand Prix) and her PSG scores were earned on DHD Desdemona.
Christine learned to ride as a child in California where she had the opportunity to observe and learn the western and natural horsemanship techniques of Mexican horsemen or “vaqueros”. As a junior rider she also catch rode in all disciplines for local horseman. She learned to drive and long line from Susan Harding, a breeder of miniature horses. In Indiana she worked with her parents, breeding and training Arabian horses. While in college she served as head instructor and directed riding development at Red Cedar Center in Fort Wayne Indiana. In Indiana Christine received instruction from Monte Mendenhall. Monte was a great trainer of Arabian horses in Dressage and Airs above ground, as well as the traditional breed divisions of Region 13. Monte’s instruction encouraged and inspired Christine and provided her with her first clients in the business. Additionally, Christine has attended clinics with George Morris during her hunter/ jumper training to develop her skills under the best eye in the business.
Upon moving to Maryland, Christine has trained and competed horses successfully in all the sport horse disciplines: hunters, jumpers, eventers and dressage. Also to her credit, Christine served as a Registered Instructor who aided rider and horse development for TRRC (the NARHA premier accredited facility in Howard Co. Maryland). Christine has a BA in Education from Indiana University and is a licensed educator for middle and high school. She taught special needs students in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as Middle and High school students in Indiana. Her experience as an instructor at all ages and levels gives her insight into how to work with each student in an individual manner.
Christine has trained with Janna Dyer and Debbie McDonald, and currently trains with Heather Mason.
Catus, the “King” of the barn, who’s royal status, has been well earned! Catus is a 16.3 hand,
1400 lbs, Imported 1997 Bavarian Warmblood Gelding. Christine has owned Catus since he was 8 years old. Christine was able to acquire Catus because at the time he was considered a difficult horse with many negative and dangerous bad habits. Running backward, problems loading, aversion to shots and worming, spooking and bolting, rearing and hopping backwards were all in his trick box. All of his evasions were the result of fear. It took years of hard work together but through correct training, management and kindness Christine and Catus developed a deep bond together. That connection has resulted in a very successful career together. Christine earned her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals, as well as the Grand Prix Scores for her USDF Gold Freestyle Bar. This year Catus earned his Performance Certificate at Grand Prix.
Additionally, they were Reserve Champions a the BLM’s in I-2, the pair has earned five trips to USDF Regional Championships resulting in being named Champions at I-2, Reserve Champions at Grand Prix Freestyle Twice, once placing Third, Two Forth place placings at Grand Prix. Together they made a trip to Dressage at Devon & a Top Ten placing at USEF Dressage Finals in the Grand Prix Freestyle round out their successes together.
Catus doesn’t quit. At 19 years young he keeps earning better and better scores. He has gained the status of schoolmaster as he begins to teach students. Catus is generous with his knowledge and really allows the rider to feel what a correctly trained, loose and happy horse feels like in all the movements through to Grand Prix. Catus is available for lessons as his training and competition schedule allows. Contact Christine for details and availability.
Coronado, aka: Cooper is a 16.2 hand 2002 US International Sport Horse Gelding. Coronado was originally purchased as a re-sale project. He was never purchased, so Christine began leasing him to students while she continued to develop him up the levels. The greatest challenge for Cooper was developing proper contact with the bit. Thankfully, Christine’s relationship with her sponsors, Myler Bits, helped in the development of bits that Cooper was finally comfortable working and accepting contact in.
Coronado’s skills in piaffe, passage and flying changes are exciting and expressive. Coronado is a confident horse and is a joy to ride with his bold and clever nature. Christine is very excited that to show him at Grand Prix in 2016. He is the second horse Christine has trained from Training Level to Grand Prix.
Coronado’s students love how dependable he is in lessons and in the show ring. A never ending well of energy and enthusiasm, Christine feels very blessed to have this exciting horse in her life. Coronado is available for lessons and lease options as his training and competition schedule allows.
LH Sporting Life aka: Sport. 1999 Registered Half-Arabian Gelding 15.2 hands. Sport is a favorite of the barn. This handsome guy it the ultimate schoolmaster of the barn. Steady in his tempo in all gaits, ridable, kind and easy to sit; Sport has helped many riders regain their confidence in the saddle. Sport is trained to the PSG level and is an excellent schoolmaster for rides to feel and develop the skills to ride up though the levels. Sport is available for lease and for lessons. Additionally, riders who are leasing Sport have the option to show him.
My Chanel, currently 16.2 hand 2012 Belgian Warmblood Mare by Legaczy. Hopefully, a future dressage star by one of Christine’s favorite stallions! She is started under-saddle and showing a lot of promise and intelligence.