A Tradition with Warmbloods
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
In 1997 she and Barbara imported Chiral, as a five-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding (Amiral x Challot x Ceylon) and Chrissa has developed him from Training Level to Grand Prix. Since the death of her trainer and mentor Barbara Silverman in 2000, Chrissa began doing most of her own training, aside from a stint in training with Robert Dover and Tina Konyot, and clinics.
“The only help I got was an occasional clinic here and there,” commented Chrissa. “This was very hard for me, because I was so used to having Barbara's instruction and help on a regular basis. After her death, I had to learn my own style of riding and technique, and how to problem solve on my own.”
In 2004, she was introduced to Alex Gerding, a German Pferdewirtshaftmeister who had recently moved from Germany to Virginia. Working with Alex for the past two years, Chrissa now finally has someone there for her. “He has helped me with all of my horses, and I have such a rapport with him.” Chrissa remarked. “Because he is a judge, he teaches me the technical aspect of riding, and helps me always reiterate the basics.”