Kristina has had the privilege of being with horses for her entire life. The affinity that she has gained by growing up with these magnificent creatures has given her a remarkable sense of responsibility, spirituality, and a greater overall understanding of people and animals. They are truly her passion!
She grew up on a cattle ranch in southwest North Dakota. Her father also had 100 Thoroughbreds that were bred and raced throughout the US and Canada. It was on that farm that she began taking riding lessons at the age of 3 from her older sister Joice, a former competitor with the Equestrian Team of the University of Dundee, and who is currently a veterinarian in Virginia.
Kristina competed in rodeos and play days in North Dakota ,and was active in the local 4-H until she moved to Lexington, Kentucky at the age of 10 where she began English riding lessons and competed with hunter-jumpers (she trained her own horse to jump) and equitation under saddle well through her teenage years. She lived and competed in Utah for a year before moving to Texas in 1995 at the age of 15, where she has remained ever since.
While in attendance at Texas Women’s University majoring in psychology, she worked part time as a wrangler and riding instructor. While in this position, she was approached by a carriage driver from Dallas and given the reins where she promptly fell in love with driving horses. She drove for Chicago Service for 3 1/2 years until she purchased her own horses, Ben and Digger