Krista’s interest in riding started when her grandfather brought her to see his racehorses at the age of 4. Since then she has had a variety of riding experience. She rode at Shadow Hills Riding School for twelve years competing in hunter jumpers and eventing. At age 14 she bought her first horse, Stella, who is currently being used in the OVS riding program. Krista attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Equine Studies. She was a part of the thoroughbred enterprise at Cal Poly, which is responsible for breeding and selling the thoroughbred race horses at the college. At Cal Poly she learned to ride western cutting horses and how to perform many veterinary procedures. After graduating in 2012 she worked for a rehabilitation and sports medicine facility, using underwater treadmills to help injured sport horses.
Krista grew up in a small beach town called Cayucos, located on the central coast of California. Her interests outside of horses include hiking, camping, and gardening.