Christine Betz Dressage

Christine Betz Dressage

5.0 (13)
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1 employee
19 years in business

About this pro

Christine is a USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medalist.  Christine’s scores for these medals were achieved on her Bavarian Warmblood Catus. Christine has trained three horses from training  level to Grand Prix herself and started 200+ horses under saddle in multiple disciplines.
Christine learned to ride as a child in California where she had the opportunity to observe and learn the western and natural horsemanship techniques of Mexican horsemen or “vaqueros”.  As a junior rider she also catch rode in all disciplines for local horseman.  She learned to drive and long line from Susan Harding, a breeder of miniature horses.  In Indiana she worked with her parents, breeding and training Arabian horses. While in college she served as head instructor and directed riding development at Red Cedar Center in Fort Wayne Indiana.  In Indiana Christine received instruction from Monte Mendenhall. Monte was a great trainer of Arabian horses in Dressage and Airs above ground, as well as the traditional breed divisions of Region 13.  Monte’s instruction encouraged and inspired Christine and provided her with her first clients in the business.  Additionally, Christine has attended clinics with George Morris during her hunter/ jumper training to develop her skills under the best eye in the business.

Upon moving to Maryland, Christine has trained and competed horses successfully in all the sport horse disciplines: hunters, jumpers, eventers and dressage. Also to her credit, Christine served as a Registered Instructor who aided rider and horse development for TRRC (the NARHA premier accredited facility in Howard Co. Maryland).  Christine has a BA in Education from Indiana University and is a licensed educator for middle and high school.  She taught special needs students in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as Middle and High school students in Indiana. Her experience as an instructor at all ages and levels gives her insight into how to work with each student in an individual manner.

Christine has trained with Monte Mendenhall, Marat Bakhramov, Alfredo Hernandez Janna Dyer and Debbie McDonald, and currently trains with Heather Mason and Bent Jensen.

Lessons prices range from $85 - $150 for a forty-five minute session. Rates depend on whether your halling in, using a schoolmaster, or have purchased a lesson package.

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Thurmont, MD 21788
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  • Katie Beeman

    Christine has an amazing ability to see where the rider is, where the horse is in their training and developed a plan to reach their individual goals. From beginning to advanced her teaching approach is friendly while also helping you push through tougher parts of learning. Keeping it positive and safe at all times. I have been riding with Christine for 10 years. I have watched her develop several horses through the levels, up to Grand Prix and positioning students to move up as their skills developed. Highly recommended if you want to learn.

  • Katelyn Scott

    She is very informative and has a lot of different strategies when she teaches. She adapts to every horse and rider, giving them what they need to succeed

  • Radene Gordon Beck

    Her teaching abilities are excellent. She brings out the best in each rider, so they can have a harmonious ride with their horse.

  • Terry Grogan

    Christine is a professional. She's not afraid to push her students so they accomplish more, without pushing them too far out of their comfort zone. She explains things clearly, and in different ways so that students have the best opportunity to learn the information. The safety of her students and her horses is her first priority.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Typically I speak to the potential student directly to access if I can meet their educational needs. I then ideally like to have an introductory lesson to either see the client with their horse or if it’s a lesson on my schoolmasters we begin in the lunge line. After that first session the student and talk about the session and determine how we are going to focus their development from that point forward 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

BS in Education from Indiana University, USDF Gold Silver and Bronze Medalist all scores earned on horses I trained myself. Multiple Championships, Reserves and top ten placing at USDF Regional Championship, USEF Dressage Finals and CBLMS. I have coached multiple riders professional and AA to their USDF medals 🥇 and assisted in the development to their horses to the upper levels. I have assisted and trained numerous horses through difficult training issues to successfully see them complete in Dressage, jumping western Dressage, western performance and Eventing. I remain current on my own education clinicing regularly with international trainers to facilitate my own education and development 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Lessons are 45 minute sessions, hall-in lessons to my facility are $100 per hour or $360 for a 4 lesson book. Schoolmaster lessons are $125 per session or $400 for a 4 lesson book. Specials are available. Clinics require a minimum or 4 participants at $100 per lesson plus travel fee. Discounts for large groups and clubs are available. Inquire for specifics 

How did you get started teaching?

My first trainer, Monte Mendenhall started me teaching under his guidance when I was 13. I sold riding lessons to school friends to finance my riding.

What types of students have you worked with?

Children to mature riders. Professionals and total beginners make up my client roster

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

PVDAs Ride for life. Combines good riding with raising breast cancer awareness and raising funds for research.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make sure to call and speak to the instructor your interested in, see if there approach meets you needs. Don’t hesitate to move on if your uncomfortable.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What’s you long term and short term goals. Revisit this often with your trainer

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