25-year-old event rider Kristina has fantastic family support and a hard-working team at home. Kristina is based at her parent’s property, located in the beautiful quiet Yorkshire countryside, and it is the ideal place to produce youngstock and train top level event horses. A new cross-country field has recently been developed and the yard has brilliant hacking with lots of hills to keep the horses fit.
Kristina has produced horses from unbroken 3-year-olds to 4* level and has just gained her 5* qualification with CMS Google with the aim to complete her first 5* in the 2022 season, with Badminton being the main goal. Her aims are to compete successfully on a Nations Cup and Senior team with the Olympics being the dream.
Selected for Team GBR at 17 years of age, she has been riding since 18 months old. Competitions started with Pony Club, moving to Working Hunter Pony’s, then at age 14 experiencing the thrill of cross-country. Her 14h working hunter pony changed careers and was campaigned at Pony Trials in their first season together they finished 5th at the National pony championships.
Very fortunate to be given the ride on Lemington Lets Dance from Judy Bradwell they were selected for Team GBR at the Junior Europeans in 2014 finishing 17th with a double clear.
Kristina decided to take a Gap year, rather than taking up her place at Leeds University, and base herself at Christopher Bartle’s in one of coldest winters fending for herself with 4 horses living in her horse box, this demonstrated to her parents her determination and commitment. Her parents then supported her decision to decline her place permanently to support her Eventing career.