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Head Riding Instructor: Christine Sierau
Christine Sierau is the co-founder, former Executive Director and current Head Riding Instructor of Blue Rider Stables.
Her equestrian education includes a Stud Assistants Degree and Riding Instructor Degree of the British Horse Society received at the St. Laurence Stud Farm – a prominent Stud Farm in Cornwall, England. She received her NAHRA Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors License at the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan and is a licensed Massachusetts riding instructor.
As a young child and teen, Christine lived with adults with disabilities. Her family started Berkshire Village, Inc. – the first life-sharing household in Massachusetts. At age 14 she helped manage the stables at the former Jug End Resort in So. Egremont.
She has worked at various Jugendfarms (Youth farms) in and around Stuttgart, Germany for 10 years. These are farms for city children and children with special needs that offer a place to escape the city and learn about animals and gardening, and receive therapeutic riding lessons.
Christine has been teaching therapeutic riding and vaulting for the past 30 years in England, Germany and the United States, and since 1992, has been been developing and implementing Blue Rider Stables’ programs and lessons, integrating the wisdom and intuitive qualities of horses with her keen knowledge of body awareness, child development and the special needs of people with disabilities of all ages.