April 26, 27, 28 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave North, St. Paul, MN

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Christine Drentwett

Classica Dressage Explained
American National Equine Insurance Arena in the Cattle Barn
Friday - Saturday - Sunday  10:00am to 11:00am

Watch as Christine Drentwett introduces you to the training involved in performing the classical high school movements of dressage including Piaffe, Passage and the Spanish Walk. See these movements explained from the ground and under saddle.


La Garrocha
American National Equine Insurance Arena in the Cattle Barn
Friday - Saturday  4:00pm to 5:00pm

Specialist Christine Drentwett will help you develop a basic understanding for the Spanish art form of
"La Garrocha” - riding with a 13-foot-long lance. She will demonstrate the use of the Garrocha in Working Equitation to improve your aids and build a stronger connection with your horse.

Christine Drentwett: Born in 1972 in New York, Christine began riding at the age of eight. She trained and later worked at the “Parkview Riding Stable” in Long Island, NY. At age thirteen Christine started showing English, competing with jumpers and qualifying for the Medal Maclay. When she turned eighteen, her family moved to Orlando, Florida, where she started breeding racehorses and then later moved on, riding for Mark Miller at his world-famous horse show “Arabian Nights”. She stayed with the show for six years and underwent thorough training in trick riding, western riding, circus bareback riding, using bull whips from horseback and on the ground, dressage with Kim and Yvonne Barteau, firebolas from the ground, performing with liberty horses including showing Walter Farley’s Black Stallion and riding the Black Stallion without saddle and bridle and learning trick training from Pat Crampton who was trained by the famous Glenn Randol.

Christine trained Trapeez and Web for 5 years with Gayner Johnson and performed for Disney, as well as at the Sarasota Circus Festival. In 1997 Christine was hired in Germany at Europe’s biggest travelling horse show "DER ZAUBERWALD" which had been created by Franz Althoff and Guenther Froehlich, who had founded the FPS (Friesian Horse Society) in Germany in 1997 and was the first importer of Friesians to Germany and at the same time introducing them into dressage competition. Having already a lot of experience working with Arabians, Quarter Horses and the warmblood breeds used for Jumping and Dressage, Christine was now challenged to train and perform baroque breeds like Friesians and Andalusians. She intensified her Dressage studies with great German trainers like Sabine Schut-Kery, Stephanie Meyer-Bliss, Thorsten Huesken, Britta Rasche, Fritz Kruemmel and Dutch Friesian specialist Cor deJong.

Christine had now developed the abilities to train horses for competition, as well as alternative movements for exhibitions such as Spanish walk, bowing, the lay down, the sit position, rearing on command, high trot and liberty. In 2003 Christine also started to ride with the Spanish "Garrocha", an almost 13 foot long lance that is used to herd the fighting bulls and requires the highest level of communication between horse and rider. After 8 Years of performing and training in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, Christine returned to the USA in 2005 to open her own boarding, training and exhibition facility PARADISE FARMS in Clermont, Florida.

In the Summer of 2006 "ARABIAN NIGHTS" offered Christine the position of Head Trainer and for the next two and a half years she was in charge of the training of all horses and riders involved in one of the biggest shows in the world. In addition, she constantly developed new acts and routines for the show, while she kept performing in it. According to Hanna Miller and her father Mark Miller who ran and owned ARABIAN NIGHTS", Christine mastered this exceptional challenge outstandingly. She stayed in close contact with the show, training horses and personnel and performing at special events until Arabian Nights was closed in Jan 2014.

In 2014 Christine went on tour for three years with the “Gala of The Royal Horses” and still rides for that show on occasion as a featured performer. Since then, she was also hired to perform “La Garrocha“ and high school acts for various well renowned events like Jerry Diaz’s “Feria Charro”, the “Briar Fest and “Equine Affairs”. Christine appeared nationally on productions like Olossio Zamperla Zoppe’s “Cirque Ma’Ceo” and also works currently on shows and events  with the world famous liberty performer, trainer and rider Silvia Zerbini.

Christine, who is also  the mother of two beautiful children, daughter Shawn and son Aaron, and her husband Tobias Drentwett, continue to run "PARADISE FARMS", which Christine uses as her home base from where she keeps venturing out into the world of horses.


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