Christina is an avid and accomplished equestrian with competitive results in the disciplines of hunt seat, dressage, eventing, jumpers and competitive trail. She has learned about many of these disciplines by listening to her horses and determining which sport they would be best at, a practice which has opened up many new opportunities and experiences throughout her career.
A lifelong student of equestrianism, Christina is lucky to have ridden extensively with mentors Denny Emerson and Rachel Greene-Lowell, as well as Verne Batchelder and Beth Adams. Christina has had the opportunity to ride in clinics with many equestrian luminaries, including Conrad Schumacher, Jan Ebeling, Greg Best, Kim Severson, Amy Barrington, Jeremy Steinberg, Nona Garson, Cindy Canace, Jen Verharen, Kathy Connelly and more. She has completed the “L” program for dressage judges through the USDF and earned the USDF Bronze Medal. Christina is a proud graduate HA (and former District Commissioner) of Squamscott Pony Club.
Over the course of her professional career, Christina has been a barn manager, a certified equine sports massage therapist and camp counselor. She is a longtime National Examiner with the United States Pony Club and is a current USEF “R” Connemara judge. In 2004, she became the head coach of the IHSA hunt seat equitation team at the University of New Hampshire, and in 2006 joined the UNH Equine Program as full-time faculty, positions she held until 2022.
In 2015, Christina founded Cold Moon Farm, LLC, a working horse farm dedicated to promoting sustainable living, conservation and the highest standards of compassionate horsemanship. She offers horsemanship education and horseback riding instruction to all levels of rider in the disciplines of balanced and hunt seat through private and semi-private lessons, on farm and off. Her instruction focuses on improving the quality of relationship and connection between horse and rider through adherence to classical principles.
Most of Christina’s proudest equestrian accomplishments have come aboard horses she partially or wholly developed herself. But equally important has been helping her students to achieve their own goals, particularly through encouraging them to pursue compassionate horsemanship principles every day.
For more information, see the below links for Cold Moon Farm.