Christine Tribble McCrea
CHRISTINE TRIBBLE MCCREA
Home: East Windsor, CT
Born: February 06, 1978
Christine McCrea is a graduate of Suffield Academy and was an accomplished junior and amateur-owner rider. In 1996 she won the Capital Challenge Cup Equitation Finals and competed on the Zone 1 Young Riders Team. In 2000 she tuned up for her first full season at the grand prix level by earning the Amateur-Owner High Championship at the Palm Beach Classic during the Winter Equestrian Festival. McCrea placed in 4 out of 5 grand prix during the 2000 season and finished 4th in the $50,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, CSI-W, a World Cup qualifying event, with “Fleurance”.
McCrea and “Caribe du Moulin” received a grant to participate in the USET Developing Rider Tour during the summer of 1999 in Europe where she was part of the team that placed second in the Nations Cup at Lummen, Belgium.
McCrea has proven to be one of the tour's most consistent riders, with top ten placings at most events entered. In 2002, she placed second to Margie Engle in the $50,000 I Love New York Grand Prix. In 2005, McCrea won the Mont Equinox Grand Prix at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT on “Laddidor”.
McCrea was named to the short list for the U.S team for the 2006 Show Jumping World Championships at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. She finished the 2006 season with two Grand Prix wins, including a win in the prestigious American Gold Cup in Ohio. In 2007 she had two more Grand Prix wins and 21 other placings in the ribbons. The highlight of her year was competing at the FEI World Cup Jumping Finals in Las Vegas, on “Promised Land”, where she finished 24th.
2009 was a successful year for McCrea; she and her mount, “Romantovich Take One”, won the $30,000 Intercat Open Jumper Classic in Lake Placid. She had previously won the HITS Grand Prix, also on “Romantovich Take One”. She revisited Las Vegas that year to compete in the 2009 FEI World Cup Jumping Finals aboard the appropriately name horse “Vegas.”
McCrea had a breakout year in 2011. She starred on the European Circuit with six clear rounds in six Nations’ Cup appearances. She then won team and individual Gold Medals at The Pan America Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
McCrea started off the year in 2013 with a win in the $125,000 WEF Ruby et Violette Challenge Cup, followed a victory in the $25,000 Grand Prix of North Salem with “Zerly” at the Old Salem Spring Horse Show. During week 1 of the HITS Saugerties Spring and Summer Circuit, McCrea and “Avenir” won the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix and two days later took to the winner’s circle for the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix. In all, she had six Grand Prix wins in 2013 and also competed at the 2013 FEI World Cup Jumping Finals in Goteborg, Sweden with “Romantovich Take One”.
In 2014 McCrea was a member of the second placed U.S. Nations Cup Team alongside her husband Jonathan McCrea at the CSIO4* Coapexpan in Mexico. Later that year McCrea earned several top placings at Spruce Meadows in Canada.”
McCrea and her “Zerly” proved competitive in 2015 in the HITS Thermal AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, where they took fourth place. She and “Wannick WH” finished in third place in the $127,000 Tryon Estates Grand Prix, won the $25,000 Grand Prix at Tryon Spring 7 and the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix in Ocala.
McCrea earned several top-ten placings in 2016, including fourth places in the $100,000 City of Ocala Grand Prix with “Win For Life.” She was also highly successful with top-ten placings and at the Old Salem Farm CSI 2*, Spruce Meadows CSI5*, Angelstone CSI3*, and took fourth place in $100,000 Prix De Penn National in Harrisburg with “Nektarina B.”
McCrea’s highlights include being a part of the 2005 second-place team in the Nations Cup in Lumen, Belgium; being awarded the 2006 Longines Press Award for Elegance in Dublin, Ireland; winning as a team in 2007 in Hickstead, England; and having six clear rounds in the six Nations Cup competitions during her 2011 Nations Cup tour, including a double clear in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
McCrea is a graduate of American University in Washington, DC with a major in Business. She currently trains out of her family's farm Windsor Show Stables with her husband and fellow Grand Prix competitor Jonathan McCrea.