Christine provides horse training in everything from starting your young horse to finishing and event specific training - such as reining, cattle work and barrel racing. Christine can also work with you and your horse on problem solving, or can simply help with tune ups and conditioning.
Training is $1000 plus GST per month, which includes board.
Christine also coaches and provides lessons - she is a CHA Certified Instructor in Level 3 English with Jumping and Level 4 Western, has won multiple Reining Alberta, Reining Canada, NRHA titles, has competed and won in many college rodeo events, is a money earner in the LRA and WRA and was a 2015 LRA finalist in the ladies barrel racing.
To speak with Christine regarding your specific training and/or coaching needs call 780-995-9602 or Email.
Christine grew up at Still Meadows Ranch and developed a love for horses at a very young age. She has competed in many disciplines included western and english pleasure, halter showmanship, hunter/jumper, cattle penning, cutting, team roping, pole bending, goat tying, reining, working cowhorse, and barrel racing. Christine has had the opportunity to learn from some of the best including:
Under the direction of JP Forget and aboard her mom's stallion, Freedoms Dry Doc ST., Christine was fortunate enough to show in the reining all over Canada and in the States. She was a member of the Reining Canada Young Rider Team in 2002.
In 2004 Christine decided to go back to College and begin working towards her Bachelor of Commerce. She attained this degree in 2008 through Lakeland College and Athabasca University. In her 4 years at College, Christine was an active member of the Lakeland College Rodeo Team and of the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (CIRA). She competed in 5 events including: Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Goat Tying, Break Away Roping, and Pole Bending.
In 2006 she was the only girl to qualify for the CIRA finals in Team Roping and was 2nd in the Break Away Roping average. She also qualified for the finals in Barrel Racing and Goat Tying. In the summer of 2006 she traveled all over the United States with the Young Pro Tour, putting on free Christian Team Roping clinics. This was a great opportunity which helped her to grow as an instructor and work on her roping skills.
In 2015 she was the Thorsby rodeo's LBR champion and qualified and competed at the 2015 LRA showdown. With the help of her awesome horse Homer, she placed in 3 of 5 rounds and went the entire season without hitting a barrel.
Currently Christine is focusing on training and competing with Reining and Barrel horses, but still works with all types of horses. Her love for teaching is growing and she is enjoying helping others getting more out of their horses by developing a better understanding of how they work and think. She is offering clinics in many disciplines including:
June 1, 2012 Christine married Jeff Drisner. They now live and work on the ranch.
We are proud to have Stephane Robichaud on our team. He specializes in starting colts and training reining horses and will be putting on reining clinics throughout the year.
Information coming soon.
Cathy Holowaychuk– 2015
In 2011, I came to Still Meadows barely able to sit on a horse. Ok, I could walk, but a trot or worse, a lope would certainly have found me eating dirt. This year (2015) found me purchasing a professionally trained reining horse and starting to compete. With complete sincerity, I would never have made it this far without Christine's expertise, patience and dedication. The services I have used with Christine are riding lessons in various disciplines, horse training, horse boarding and horse sales and purchasing. I could take up a complete web page elaborating, but safe to say, I will be continuing to use her services.
Milena S.– 2015
Char and Morgan – 2010
I bought my horse, Char, from Still Meadows Ranch in February 2010. I came to SMR wanting to get into barrel racing and looking for a horse that was experienced and knew the pattern. They let me try out different barrel horses they had for sale and helped me find a horse that fit what I was looking for. After I bought my horse, I started taking barrel racing lessons with Christine and I still am currently. Christine really helped me get used to my new horse and taught me how to use my spirited mare’s energy more efficiently towards running the barrels. The lessons always have a fun, friendly and encouraging atmosphere, and always push you to do your best and build on your skills. I came to SMR last winter not knowing anything about barrel racing and I am now running my mare in numerous jackpots and rodeo’s.
An additional interest of mine is team roping and goat tying and the SMR staff are helping me acquire new skills through lessons and clinics. My skills and confidence level has increased greatly and with continuous support from Christine and SMR staff I will be ready for college rodeo in the fall. I am very happy with the purchase of my mare and the progress I continue to show. I owe much of my success to the great teaching and support from Christine and the Still Meadows Ranch staff.
Lilian and Brandie - 2010
I started jumping with Christine 2 years ago. I was new to the sport and knew nothing and was inexperienced. At first I rode their lesson horses then I advanced to my own horse.
We started out with not looking down and putting my hands up on her neck. I went from cavaleties to actual jumps from Christine’s guidance and help. I felt comfortable and secure.
We were ready for our first show at Still Meadows and Christine was my coach and here to support us. Brandie and I were enjoying ourselves and we placed well.
Thank you very much Christine for everything that you have done for me and Brandie.
Marie - 2010
In the summer of 2011 I took a work placement at Still Meadows Ranch. Here I discovered western riding – I learned its diverse practices and I immediately liked it! It was hard first because I was used to english equitation and jumping – it was difficult to even sit on a western saddle! But when I finally found my place on those saddles, I just loved it!
The Rusnak family gave me a warm welcome and thanks to them I learned a lot about the various western practices. Western equitation, cattle penning, roping, barrel racing – they were all great. I participated in the Still Meadows Ranch fun show & gymkhana and recieved all sorts of mentorship from the Rusnaks. As a result, I placed in several of the classes and had a great time.
I also mentored under Christine and rode some of the younger horses. The more I rode, the more I learned. This placement gave me a new vision about western riding! The Rusnak family was fantastic. I was sad when it was time to go back home to France, and I hope someday I'll be able to come back to Still Meadows. I definitely have some fantastic memories and pictures of my time here.
Thank you so much Rusnak family!