Christine has been around horses since she could walk. Her Aunt bought a farm, got a pony, and that was the beginning of Christine’s love of horses. She was riding by herself by the age of 5 with a pony that was not very cooperative. Christine so loved that pony she called George. She didn't know they weren't supposed to buck and lay down.
By the age of 10, Christine was babysitting neighborhood kids to pay for formal riding lessons. A kid that had learned the "hard way" on the pony and not having money to go to shows, Chris was often the rider that the trainers would put on the "questionable" lesson/sale horses. Not easily frightened, this gave her a lot of practice riding and handling difficult and green horses.
At the age of 20, Christine purchased her first horse, Sir Lionheart. Together they discovered Eventing, a horse triathlon if you are unfamiliar. Lion, as he is called, is a bit of a temperamental horse, so each showing was not always successful, but an accomplishment none the less.
In 2003, The Coachman, A.K.A. Chase, was purchased for Christine. Chase was an unbroken 4 year old and the hope was that he would be a horse with a more amicable temperament than Lion. Chase has been a true test for Chris, sometimes incredibly easy, and others... not so much. As Christine broke and trained Chase, they pushed each other to do more, as they are now at a place where they are both learning new things together. Together, they have competed in Hunters, Jumpers, Eventing, and Dressage.
All of this led Chris and her husband, Brian, to establish Tipperary Farm in 2005. Chris’ passion has infected Brian with her love of horses, more specifically, the beautiful and rare Cleveland Bay Horse. Chase was their first Cleveland Bay Sporthorse (the lovely horse featured at the top of this website). Tipperary Farm now owns 3 Cleveland Bay Sporthorses (CB Crosses), including one Stallion, Frostyoak Touchwood, and an imported, purebred Stallion, Pembridge Joshua. They plan to breed quality Sporthorses for all disciplines and foxhunting. Tipperary Farm hopes to help introduce people to the Cleveland Bay Horse and help increase numbers of Cleveland Bays as to assist in getting them off the Critical Breed list.
Even if you're not interested in lessons, training, or owning a horse, please feel free to contact us so that you can come see our lovely horses, even if you just want to see a Cleveland Bay in the flesh. You just may get hooked!
Christine is a successful trainer and rider. Her horses, the horses in her training and her students regularly show with great success. Her style is as varied as each rider throughout all levels of English Horsemanship. Chris trains at our farm and she will travel to your facility as well.
Specialization: Hunter/Jumper; Dressage; Eventing; Foxhunting; Breaking; Sales; Training; Breeding
Facilities: Barn , Indoor Arena , Outdoor Arena , Turnout Paddocks , Pasture , Outdoor Wash Rack , Trails nearby
Boarding: Don Bar Farm
Extra Services: Clipping, mane pulling, training, exercising, swimming, clinics, trailering, show team
Tipperary Farm - Right where you want to be.