Meet the Blackjack Lane Family
Krissan Barber – Head trainer and owner
Krissan has 17+ years of experience in hunters, jumpers, dressage and especially equitation. She started riding as a young girl and advanced quickly to showing on the “A” and “AA” circuits throughout the southeast with nationally known and loved trainers Nancy and Barry Lane of Full Cry Farm. After competing successfully in the equitation divisions as a junior, she made the University of Georgia’s Varsity Equestrian Team where she was on scholarship for four years. While on the team, she trained under Jennifer Newman, Logan Fiorentino and Meghan Boenig where the team won three National Championships and three Southeastern Conference Championships. She also received the Coach’s Award for the 2008-2009 season.
Having gained so much from the equestrian sport and having such wonderful mentors, Krissan began her dream in 2009 of becoming a trainer, coach and mentor. She started her own training program out of Triple S Farm in Danielsville, Ga where clients consistently took top honors in their divisions and at end of the year banquets. Life then moved her to Indianapolis where her training business took root for a short time. When her husband, Adam Barber, got promoted, they picked up and moved across the country to the San Francisco Bay Area. She began working for a top show barn, McIntosh Stables, as an assistant trainer and barn manager. She worked for a year under New Zealand team Toni (an international Grand Prix rider) and husband Colin McIntosh (a member of the New Zealand Olympic team) where she gained invaluable knowledge and experience.
Today, Adam’s job has brought them to a more permanent place here in the Houston Area where Blackjack Lane Equestrian was born! Blackjack Lane is a family environment where they aim to have a great time, while still challenging the students and their equine teammates. Patience, verbal instruction, demonstration and positive reinforcement are the keys to Krissan’s success with her students. She strives build a wonderful relationship with each one of her clients both in and out of the arena. In just a few years, Krissan has built Blackjack Lane into a USHJA Recognized Riding Academy and is the 2017-2018 Zone 7, Region 5 Interscholastic Equestrian Association President. Come check her and Blackjack Lane Equestrian out!
Adam Barber – Head horse husband and owner
Adam is an invaluable member of the team and is the glue that holds everything together! He is everyone’s barn dad and can always be seen working hard around the barn and at shows.