Colin McIntosh

Colin is our resident Olympian who competed for New Zealand on the Olympic show jumping team.

He is also one of the very few recognized International Expert (Level 4) show jumping coaches and is recognized as a Equestrian Sport New Zealand elite show jumping coach.

A lifelong equestrian, who began his show career at a young age and was successful in the show arena nationally winning most of the NZ show jumping titles many times including winning 7 World Cup Classes and represented New Zealand internationally on several teams. Colin is also known for his passion in developing coaching standards to improve the quality of coaching for horses and riders. Colin co-wrote the New Zealand coaching program, which is recognized by the International Group for Qualification and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. He served as a coaching assessor until moving to the United States in 2004. Colin and Toni were the co-directors of New Zealand's richest show jumping event. They also co-directed the Derby Championships, which were held at their stables.

Career Highlights
Trainer/producer of many grand prix winners and numerous other successful showjumpers and eventers.
Trained NZ young rider showjumping teams.
Trained many of New Zealand's top eventing and showjumping riders.
Member New Zealand Showjumping Committee and Executive Committee.
Winner seven World Cup qualifier events.
Two-time New Zealand Grand Prix Rider of the Year.
Four-time Winner New Zealand High Jump Title.
Competed/Trained in Japan, Australia, USA, Korea, England, New Caledonia.
Member of team selector committee for New Zealand.
Member New Zealand Team Samsung FEI Competition (1993).
Member New Zealand Olympic Team, Showjumping in Seoul (1988).
Represented New Zealand World Cup Qualifier in Australia (1982).
Winner New Zealand Horse of the Year Title (1987).
Represented New Zealand three-day eventing in Australia (1971-72).
Competed in Dressage in Australia (1971-72).

Toni McIntosh

Toni is an accomplished Grand prix show jumper and has been competing in Grand prix and World cup show jumping competitions for many years with great success with many wins to her credit.

She enjoys Coaching riders who want to step to the next level and takes a holistic approach not just focusing on riding, but everything that can help you become a winning team.

Toni has a great eye for your next horse and has being very successful at pairing riders with their next equine partner.

Toni won her first horse grand prix at the age of 14. Regarded as a very stylish and accomplished competitor, Toni has ridden all around the globe and spent time training in the United States with leading hunter/jumper trainers. Toni has produced and sold Grand Prix horses that have been exported around the world. Toni jumped on the New Zealand Grand Prix and World Cup circuit with a team of very competitive horses until moving to the USA in 2004 and is now enjoying competing successfully in Grand Prix here in the USA. Not one to only focus on riding and training, Toni is a TV commentator, providing expert commentary for several major events.

Toni is also famous for her Green Theme which can be seen where ever she competes.

Career Highlights
Rode for New Zealand at Longines Los Angeles Masters CSI5*(2014).
Winner $20,000 CWD Grand Prix of Sonoma (2014).
2nd, $40,000 Shaklee Grand Prix of Sonoma (2014).
Auckland World Cup Final, 6th (2001).
Gisborne World Cup Qualifier, 4th (2001).
Horse of the Year National Championship Grand Prix, 5th (2001).
Lady Rider of the Year, 5th (2000).
Horse of the Year National Championship Grand Prix, 4th (2000).
Olympic Qualifier, 6th Place (2000).
Hawera Grand Prix Winner (1999).
New Zealand Showjumping Equitation Championship, 2nd (1991).
New Zealand Pony Club Showjumping Individual Champion and team silver (1988).
Telebra Stakes Winner (1987; most prestigious young horse class in New Zealand).
Numerous other Grand Prix placings and wins.

Christina Christiansen

Christina Christensen grew up in the bay area, and has known Toni and Colin since they first arrived in the US! She is thrilled to be a part of the team, and has a broad array of knowledge to contribute, having run her own successful training business since 2006. She has ridden, trained, and shown in the United States, Belgium, and England. She has competed at FEI levels in both Show Jumpers and Dressage and continues to compete in both disciplines. Christina majored in Environmental Engineering before dedicating her life to horses, at which point she obtained certification with the British Horse Society and the Certified Horseman’s Association.

Christina developed her riding while she worked for some of the top riders and trainers in the world, including Ludo Phillippaerts of Belgium's Olympic show jumping team, and David Pincus of the Spanish Riding School. The development program and philosophies that she has adapted were established by her favorite coaches: Walter Zettle, Charles de Kunffy, and Anthony Paalman, to name a few. As a rider, Christina has given her horses the correct foundation needed to reach their peak potential, using both her riding and in-hand education to help them gain confidence and excel in the show ring. Her experience spans across all levels of a horses' development: from their early stages of training, all the way up to seasoned Grand Prix competitors. As a trainer, Christina has worked with countless clients to improve their riding and enhance communication with their horses, helping them develop at home as well as for competition. Her students have won numerous championships as the have moved up the levels in show jumping, equitation, and dressage!

Casey McDonald

Casey started riding at age seven on a little white pony on the local show circuit. As an amateur rider she rode and worked as a working student with trainers such as Maggie Seipel, Allen Swafford, Debbie and Tommy DiVecchia, and Courtney Calcagnini; she competed on the A and AA circuit in the hunters, jumpers, and equitation throughout Texas and surrounding area. In 2007 Casey and her horse CR Tacori were USEF Zone 7 Horse of the Year Champions in the Junior Hunters and Casey also placed 3rd on Windswept Farms', Maxwell Smart in the same division. After a successful several years showing in Texas, Casey moved to Fresno and went on to compete for the Fresno State NCAA Equestrian Team. She has worked as a working student and professional assistant for several hunter/jumper farms in Texas and California. Her wonderful personality, work ethic and desire to teach in a positive and fun environment make her a great member of the team.

Jennifer Whitworth

Beginning her riding career in England on the evening track Jenny comes from a diverse and well varied equestrian background. Whilst growing up in England she attained her "B" British Pony Club rating and British Horse Society Intermediate Instructor status. Jenny has worked for several eventing, dressage, and show jumping trainers in England, France, and the United States and uses her array of knowledge to create thought-provoking, challenging lessons for McIntosh Stables riders to overcome.

Karen Van der Burgh

Karen started riding in Cape Town, South Africa. She had a deep passion for horses and natural talent from an early age. Karen started competing in the Children’s pony division at 8 and made the Regional Children’s Teams for Showing, Eventing, Equitation and Show Jumping. She was placed 3rd and 5th in the South African Children’s Eventing Championships. Once she moved into the Junior classes, she brought on an OTTB who was extraordinarily talented in Jumping, and decided to focus solely on Showjumping. She rode her first 1.40m class at 14yrs on her amazing Thoroughbred, Steven James. Junior career highlights include winning the South African Junior Outdoor Grand Prix (1.40m) two consecutive years, Winning the South African Junior Showjumping Title and getting her South African Showjumping Colors representing South Africa against England, Scotland and Wales. When she was 18, Karen moved into the 1.50/1.60m adult classes. Career highlights include winning the South African Adult Showjumping Championships (being the only person to have won both Junior and Adult titles on the same horse), Winning the overall FEI World Cup Series in South Africa and qualifying for the World Cup Finals in Liepzig, Germany in 2001/2002.

Karen has degree in Finance and Accounting and after obtaining her Chartered Accountant qualification, she worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers for 5 years and her riding took a break. It was with PwC that she was transferred to the US where she worked in corporate accounting for 6 more years with various companies. Karen’s passion was always horses so in 2016 she left the corporate world to dedicate herself to horses again, competing her own new young horse and teaching.

Based on her experience and having had wonderful trainers along the way, she has a large arsenal of training exercises and techniques. Karen enjoys imparting this knowledge when teaching and has an upbeat, can—do attitude. This gives students the confidence they need to continually improve.