Christina Ecklund currently serves as a supporting board member for ROC the Standardbred.  Christina grew up with horses and has had horses most of her life.  Her first love, after her Shetland Pony Ginger, was a kill pen paint mare she named "Sweet Sugar."  It took a year for the mare to accept a loving touch and after that she taught Christina many life-lessons on love, friendship. responsibility, and living in the moment..  

 

At age 12 Christina was able to purchase a registered Morgan colt that she learned with and showed through 4-H, local shows, rodeos and parades.  He was a master at Showmanship and won highly competitive classes shown Saddleseat.  She was able to groom and learn under great trainers like Fred Herrick of Saddleback Morgans, Charilie Osgood of Osgood Arabians and Debbie Koester. While at college, Christina was a Teaching Assistant in the College of Agriculture and worked with the universities' equines through various classes and ag events.  She also competed two years as a member of the Penn State Horse Judging Team where she and the team competed in judging competitions at Quarter Horse Congress and the World Quarter Horse Show.  Christina graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with her teaching degree and began teaching.  She earned her master's degree and certificate of advanced studies in educational administration and now teaches and serves as the district Staff Developer/Curriculum Coordinator for the Avon Central School District.  

 

Christina and her husband bought a little farmette in 1998.  This allows the family to enjoy the outdoors and enjoy a variety of animals.  Her youngest daughter volunteered for Begin Again Horse Rescue in 2017 and then they fostered to adoption a two-time kill pen Standardbred mare, Gypsy.  Gypsy and Elee are Team Burgundy for ROC the Standardbred.  She and her daughter have spent a lot of time learning about Standardbreds, their incredible personalities and work ethic, and rehabbing Gypsy.  Christina enjoys supporting her daughter's love of riding and horses and seeing this team develop - Gypsy and Elee are best friends!  Christina and her family also foster a mini-donkey from Begin Again Horse Rescue and she is Gypsy's compadre!

 

Gypsy's winning personality has inspired Christina to learn more about Standardbreds and help to promote the breed as excellent choices for riding partners.  She appreciates their wisdom, personalities, work ethic, loyalty, trust and willingness to learn.  Christina looks forward to supporting ROC the Standardbred's mission at various events, fundraisers and activities.  It's an honor to be able to help educate others about Standardbreds and help build networks to proactively and safely place these wonderful animals.