Christine “Tina” Kaufman Thompson, an accomplished amateur dressage rider, died at her home on Merritt Island, Fla., on Feb. 26. She was 63.
Mrs. Thompson was born in New York City, graduated from Concord Academy in Massachusetts, and Colby Sawyer College (N.H.). She lived in Boston, where she worked as a graphic designer, and then in the 1970s she moved to Vermont.
With her husband Tony, Mrs. Thompson ventured to Florida in 1998 to further her equestrian pursuits. During the course of her dressage career she received numerous awards and honors. In 2006, she was recognized by the U.S. Dressage Federation and the American Trakehner Association for winning the All-Breed Vintage Cup Awards at Intermediaire I and Prix St. Georges. She also placed second in the All-Breed Adult Amateur divisions at Prix St Georges and Intermediaire I. She was also recognized as the 2006 USDF Region 3 Adult Amateur champion at Prix St. Georges.
Mrs. Thompson inspired dressage riders of all ages with her elegance in the saddle and her boundless determination to achieve a higher level within her sport. Her feisty spirit will always be remembered.
Beyond her success as a rider, she was also a skier, a sailor, an artist, and a passionate and dedicated mother and wife.
Mrs. Thompson’s survivors include: husband Anthony B. Thompson, of Florida; mother Barbara S. Kaufman, of Ver-mont; daughter Stacey T. Gerrish, of Colorado; sister Jenifer K. Mathieu; a niece, nephew and five step-children; and her four horses.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, P.O. Box 139, Killington, VT 05751.