Linda Kienlen

Trainer and owner at Christus Farm, Linda has spent her life devoted to equestrian pursuits. From falling in love with horses as a young girl to showing and training riders and horses of all levels to great success: she has pursued excellence with unwavering commitment. She takes the time to develop horse and rider in a positive educational program with an emphasis on safety. She also applies her vast knowledge of equine nutrition to helping every horse at Christus Farm fulfill its ultimate potential. 

Amy Gau. Photo by Mark R Lawrence.

Amy Gau. Photo by Mark R Lawrence.

Amy Gau

Trainer and professional rider here at Christus Farm, Amy competed successfully as a junior rider, showing in pony hunters through the junior hunter, medal & equitation divisions, and junior jumpers. She rode with Geoff Teall in her last junior year and worked for Geoff after graduating from the junior divisions. Amy returned to the Northwest and established her professional career at Christus Farm; training, teaching, coaching, and showing horses for customers and for the Farm. Together with her sister Melissa Brotz, they have qualified their riders for regional and national finals in the hunter and equitation rings.

Amy successfully competes in the upper-level jumper rings, with Grand Prix wins in the past several years while bringing young horses along in both hunter and jumper divisions. She continues to ride, teach, and train both horses and riders with the positive, confidence-building approach that has made her an outstanding rider and trainer.

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Melissa Brotz

Trainer and professional rider, Melissa is an accomplished equestrian who competed successfully in the junior hunter, equitation, and jumper divisions. moving into the professional ranks, she continued her success until the commitment of raising her children became Melissa's priority. Presently she is involved in the working of Christus on a smaller scale, stepping in to ride and assist in maintaining our training program when horse showing takes Amy away from Christus.