Lifelong DC resident Christine Painter started her horsemanship at the age of three years old with English riding lessons.
Having her first horse at the age of three, she knew her love for horses would last a life time.
“Actually, the first thing I rode was a Saint Bernard then I got a horse,” Painter says with a laugh.
“My first horse was Ticker, a sorrel quarter horse. I learned a lot from him he was a gate and alley sour horse and to this day I wont let any of my students have that problem, he gave me my love of horses.”
She grew up on a horse farm with her parents, Garry and Carole Painter and brother Darren Painter.
Competing in high school rodeo in breakaway roping, un-decorading, pole bending, barrels, and team roping, Painter was named the All Around Cowgirl in 1991.
“My dad always said it costs just as much to pack a loser as it is to pack a winner!”
Painter says if it was not for her parents hauling her around to events constantly she would not be where she is today.
Painter has built and grown her business, Laz-e-p-Equine Centre in the past 20 years, teaching 150 people yearly. In horsemanship,colt starting, liberty training, barrel racing, pole bending, and youth horsemanship.
“When I started coaching, I never expected to be a riding coach. This is when my life changed. I’ve learned to build programs where anybody can do it and there is nothing more rewarding. I love to give back to the industry and people involved in any way that I can,” Painter says.
“I feel that I am here to help everybody love horses, I don’t care if they ride a 400 dollar horse or a 20 thousand dollar horse, I just want them to do the best that they can do. I want them to love it as much as I do.”
Painter is self taught with a lifetime of expereince.
“I have taken clinics and trainers where some gave me what I needed at the time and some didn’t. Make sure to find someone who makes you enjoy your horse,” Painter says.
In addition to training in many disciplines Painter is also involved with many fundraising events for the community. For the saddle club, horse rides for kids, and for Hats and Chaps.
“We have a very large horse community in this area,we are very lucky to have the Lakota building that keeps everyone going all year round and that helps people reach high competative levels,” Painter says.
“I would really like to thank the community for their support over the years, and if you have a dream you can accomplish it with detication, desire, and determination. There’s nothing you can’t do.”
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