For Tina, horses are truly second nature. Her family spans five generations of horsemanship and circus ring performances. Tina’s grandfather, Arthur, occupied center ring in the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and was inducted into the Circus Hall of Fame. Tina’s father, Alex, also a member of the Circus Hall of Fame, started an equine training facility in Florida and guided many riders including six-time Olympian Robert Dover.
In the 1990’s, Tina spent five years training and showing in Europe: two years as a student of Herbert Rehbein, then Rudolf Zeilinger, and then Klaus Balkenhol. She returned to the U.S. in 1999 with her young stallion, Justice, to compete in the Final Selection Trials where she finished seventh. In 2000, Konyot partnered with Sally Miler’s mare, Anna Karenina winning the Grand Prix at the Florida Dressage Classic. The pair was short listed for the 2000 Sydney games, finishing seventh in the Selection Trials. Tina began competing Calecto V in early 2007. In his first Grand Prix Freestyle, the pair won the 2009 World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle at Dressage at Devon with an impressive 72.60%. In 2010 the pair won eight Grand Prix, seven consecutively. They contested the 2010 USEF National Grand Prix Dressage Championship where they dominated and were crowned the National Champion. That fall they represented the U.S. at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games where they helped the U.S. Team to a fourth-place finish. In 2011 the pair competed with great success in Forida, and took home wins in the Grand Prix and Freestyle at the Saugerties CDI and earned the Reserve Champion title at the USEF National Grand Prix Dressage Championship. In 2014 Tina Konyot and Calecto V represented the U.S. at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. Tina teaches and trains at her farm in Stuart, FL.