Christine Weal - Christine Weal

By: Christine Weal  05-Apr-2012

Dressage Rider and Trainer

Christine Weal is a well known dressage rider and trainer in New Zealand.  She has a long history of success in advanced level competition as well as consistently starting young horses in their competitive careers.

Christine has represented New Zealand numerous times, has been National Advanced level champion twice and has either won or placed in the NZ Young Dressage Horse Championship whenever she has had a horse compete.

She has trained advanced level riders, national champions, international representatives and has invested in her own professional coaching and riding skills by spending 10 NZ winters obtaining international experience and knowledge.

Training Philosophy

Christine has developed her training philosophy over the last 15 years of coaching.

"Performance focussed training that meets the rider's goals for achievement, enables a harmonious and fun partnership for horse and rider and brings out all available talent of the horse"

Training with Christine

Firstly Christine likes to understand what you as a rider want to achieve.  She will then work with you to help you understand what you'll need to do to achieve your performance goals.

Christine will spend time assessing any current limitations or barriers to performance for both horse and rider.  Following this she will systematically use exercises and training routines to build the required strength, understanding and confidence to achieve the desired outcomes for you and your horse.

At all times Christine will ensure you as the rider understand where you are up to, why she is working with you the way she is and what the next steps for you are.

Her down to earth style, honest communication and relaxed approach ensure that riders and horses, no matter what their previous experience, are able to learn, understand, experience progress and most importantly enjoy their dressage training!

International Training Experience

Performance Sales International (Germany)

  • Trainer of dressage horses from 3ys to Grand Prix
  • Dressage rider
  • Trainer of dressage riders
  • Showing horses for sale
  • Promotion of dressage stables, including being involved in T.V advert, owner liaison Magazine articles and working with tourists

Jean Bemmelmans (Germany)

  • Dressage Rider
  • Trainer of dressage horses

Stefan Van Ingelgem (Belgium)

  • Dressage rider, currently competing at Grand Prix internationally 
  • Trainer of horses from 3yrs to Grand Prix

Jenny Loisten Clark, MBE, (England)

  • Dressage Rider
  • Trainer of Dressage horses from 3rys to Grand Prix
  • Stud work
  • Selling horses
  • Breaking in horses

Dr Ricky McMillian (Australia)

  • Dressage Rider
  • Trainer of young horses

Competition Success

  • 2011 Reserve Advanced Horse of the Year, Speilzeit
  • 2011 Zilco National Advanced Musical Series Third Place, Speilzeit
  • 2011 Sydney CDI International Derby NZ Team and Individual Winner
  • 2010 Northland Championships advanced champion, Landro L
  • 2010 Waitemata Championships, advanced champion, landro L
  • 2010 Vetpro Final winner, Landro L 
  • 2010 NZ Vetpro series winner, Landro L  
  • 2010 NZ Bates Advanced Champion, Landro L 
  • 2010 Reserve Elementary Horse of the year, Above Zero 
  • 2010 Reserve National Zilco Musical series, Above Zero 
  • 2010 Zilco national advanced musical series winner, Landro L
  • 2009 NZ Team member, FEI World Challenge, NZ Team was Zone Winner
  • 2009 Hawkes Bay championships advanced champion, Landro L
  • 2008 NZ Rider of the year, UnderdiscussionTeam gold medal winner at the Asia Pacific games
  • 2006 Novice horse of the year, BushrangerNew Zealand Advanced Dressage Champion x2
  • New Zealand young rider champion x2
  • New Zealand representative x6
  • Reserve Grand Prix horse of the year
  • 3rd New Zealand Grand Prix Champion
  • Winner Northern Hawkes Bay Advanced Champion 2006, Landro-L
  • Winner Volvo World cup advanced qualifier
  • Winner New Zealand Young Horse Championship x2

Positions Held - Trainer

  • Training of Waikato Pony Club representative dressage team x5 
  • Manager of Waikato Pony Club representative dressage team 
  • Trainer of many New Zealand dressage and eventing representatives.