Christina became a certified therapeutic riding instructor in 1999. She has her undergraduate from Kansas State University in Animal Science and a Masters in Natural and Applied Science with an emphasis in Equine Reproduction and In Vitro Fertilization from Southwest Missouri State University doing her research at the Henry Doorly Zoo. As a grad student, she taught classes in beginning horseback riding, introduction to horses, and taught sections of seminars dealing with Equine Reproduction and management. She currently works at Methodist Hospital as an Embryologist Specialist and is the rider contact person for Windsong.
Michelle has been riding horses since she was 4 years old, receiving her first pony for her 5th birthday. Through embracing educational opportunities with nationally respected clinicians and instructors, she has competed successfully in dressage ever since. She has been training and showing her current dressage horse since 2010. She became involved with Windsong in the fall of 2014, and starting teaching students in the spring of 2015. Michelle is currently a Biological Sciences major at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, with a double minor in Psychology and Communication. She plans to pursue an advanced degree in Occupational Therapy after graduating in 2019.
Bandit is an American Paint Horse. Bandit was once was a working ranch horse but now with his owner, Christina Gottschall, he is a trail horse, and is being trained in dressage. Bandit works well with the more advanced riders due to his size, but his gentle spirit is one that everyone loves. You have got to love those eyes! Bandit’s registered name is Artistic Bandileo. Bandit was a ranch horse in his previous life but recently won grand champion in his first 2 dressage shows! Bandit’s registered name is Artistic Bandileo.
Snip is also referred to as “Mamasita”. She is an American Quarter Horse who spent some time in the Western Pleasure ring and as a broodmare producing some beautiful foals. She was donated to Windsong Equitherapy in 2006 by Howard Taylor of Seward, NE and has proven herself to be small but mighty. Her smaller size and large amount of patience make her a perfect fit for our riders. Snip is the matriarch of Windsong and is extremely loving. She too has been with the program for over 10 years and has won the hearts of many.
Snickers is a registered Quarter Horse. He is owned by a family that is generous enough to let Windsong use him. Snickers is trained not only to be ridden, but he is great at showmanship too. Snickers favorite treats are rice crispy bars! Snickers’ registered name is Hesa Streakin Seeker.
Peanut is a registered Halflinger who can be ridden, but is also trained to pull a cart. Peanut is a social butterfly and loves being a part of each session. Peanut also came to Windsong from Oklahoma! Peanut’s registered name is Mahone III.
Nelly is a registered Quarter Horse. She is newer to the Windsong family herd and stepped in like she has been around for years. Nelly is trained in western, English and showmanship and has so much to offer our riders! Nelly was donated to the program in honor of the owner’s daughter who has passed away but had disabilities and participated in therapeutic riding when we were still known as Dream Catchers. Nelly’s registered name is Nellies Investment.
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