Christine ‘Chrissy’ Robinson was born in love with horses. At a very early age, she was introduced to horses and riding by her Grandmother, Teeto. ‘Horsey Grandma’ helped to fuel the love and dedication Chrissy had for horses.
As a young girl, Chrissy was involved in Pony Club. She owes her solid foundation on this education and experience. Attention to safety remains one of her best qualities.
Originally competing in hunter/jumpers and 3-day eventing, Chrissy has a well rounded education to her riding experience. She grew up hacking out on California trails, schooling show jumping and cross- country at CTETA, and traveling to local horse shows on the weekends. In her later years in high school, she became more and more interested in the art of dressage. She was able to ride with legends such a Major Anders Lindgren, and learn and show on horses generously offered by friends and teachers.
Chrissy was able to fine-tune her skills as a rider when she moved to Bozeman, Montana. She gained priceless education from countless dressage masters, and continued to learn on both young horses and seasoned FEI schoolmasters. Some of her most valued instruction has come from Stephen Kiesewetter, Axel Steiner, Jenny Baldwin, Lilo Fore, Carrie Coe, and Jorgen Olsen, and Jo Moran, to name a few. She began training dressage horses and riders on her own in 2005.
Chrissy trains dressage in a mostly classical manner. She starts young horses with gentle, consistent work. She strives to create a positive work ethic in her horses. Attention to basics and safety are some of her best training qualities. She has experience training stallions, sensitive horses, moody mares, and other wonderful types of personalities. She believes that every horse has individual needs, and each horse develops at at its own pace.
Chrissy has experience showing through FEI and training from the first days of learning to lead and tie to teaching half steps and one-tempis. She also has experience showing foals and mature horses in-hand and at breed registry inspections and testings, including performance tests and stallion licensing tests.
Chrissy’s training methods always include ‘fun days’ of either trail riding, hacking or using ground poles to keep horses’ minds positive. She implements sufficient breaks in her daily training so the horse can recover physically, and schedules breaks throughout the year for horses that are in demanding training programs. She also stays current in her own training- clinicing regularly and reading up on new material. She is currently enrolled in the USDF ‘L’ Program and hopes to earn her ‘L’ judging certificate (and maybe more!).
In her spare time, Chrissy enjoys getting out into the mountains, where you will find her rock and ice climbing, skiing, hiking or mountain biking with her husband, Adam.