Christa fell in love with the sport of Eventing at the age of fourteen and has experienced incredible success so far in her young career. Throughout the course of her career she has had the opportunity to work with several of the sport’s top riders, all of whom have had a lasting impact on her career. Marilyn, Doug, and Holly Payne helped Christa get her start in Eventing. Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin then produced Christa through the 2*/Advanced level with numerous horses, and Phillip remains a mentor whom Christa considers one of the finest horsemen she has ever worked with. In 2011 she began training with Leslie Law who helped develop Christa’s skill as an upper level rider and also helped her hone her show jumping technique. During this time she also had the opportunity to work with Grand Prix Dressage rider and trainer Gunnar Ostergaard, and has worked with Buck Davidson in more recent years.
By the time Christa was just eighteen years old, she was competing three horses at the Intermediate and Advanced levels, two of whom she had brought up the levels herself. In the summer of 2012 Christa decided to strike out on her own to expand her business, build her clientele, and establish a sale program. Christa has spent the last few years focusing on developing a reputable business as well as progressing as a professional equestrian. For over a year, Christa has trained under the watchful eye of Canadian Team Coach Clayton Fredericks. Clayton’s expert instruction constantly challenges her and her horses, and Christa looks forward to the future with such an incredible mentor.
Christa rides and trains out of Oakmont Equestrian Center, a lovely 80 acre farm where she teaches a small group of avid riders ranging from Beginner Novice amateurs to gutsy Preliminary level riders looking to move up the levels.
- 9th Place with Camenicci, Preliminary at Chatt Hills HT, 2016
- 6th Place with Camenicci, CIC2* at Chatt Hills HT, 2015
- Completed with Camenicci, CCI2* at Ocala Horse Properties International HT, 2014
- Completed with Camenicci, CIC2* at Red Hills International HT, 2014
- 11th Place with Camenicci, Advanced at Rocking Horse Winter II HT, 2014
- 6th Place with Camenicci, CIC2* at Poplar Place Farm HT, 2013
- 1st Place with Camenicci, Intermediate at Rocking Horse Spring HT, 2013 (This was Camenicci’s second Intermediate level competition, a horse that Christa produced from a youngster just started over fences.)
- 4th Place with Governaire, Intermediate at Rocking Horse Spring HT, 2013
- 12th Place with Governaire, Advanced Rocking Horse Winter II HT, 2013
- 5th Place with Camenicci, Intermediate Rocking Horse Winter II HT, 2013
- 3rd Place with Camenicci, Preliminary at Rocking Horse Winter III HT, 2012
- 9th Place with Governaire, Intermediate at Rocking Horse Winter I HT, 2012
- 7th Place with Shahaadi, Preliminary at Rocking Horse Winter II HT, 2012
- 5th Ranked Preliminary Rider in the US, 2009
- First Competed at the Advanced Level, 2009
- Sportsmanship and Conditioning Award, Pony Club Nationals, 2006