Chrissie has been passionate about animals and horses since a young age, begging her parents for new pets and riding lessons. She went on to pass her BHSAI, before undertaking an HND in horse Care and a post Graduate in Equine Science. This has been complemented by several academic teaching qualifications, including Certificate of Education and assessors and internal Verifiers Award. Instrumental in the development of the equestrian NVQ across North Wales, she has taught Further and Higher Education in both Equine and Animal Care. In her youth, she competed in all disciplines but following a family, she has spent more time coaching Pony club and assisting her daughter in her own competitive equine aspirations.