Obituary: Kyrina GenismanA celebration of the life of Kyrina "Nina" Genisman will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Spring Down Equestrian Center, 725 Portola Road in Portola Valley. She died April 25 at the age of 78.
A native of Oakland, she competed as a young woman in riding events at Madison Square Garden. She first met her future husband Robert Genisman at a New Jersey riding academy in 1950 and they rode in competition against each other, "with Nina always winning," says Mr. Genisman.
When her family returned to Oakland, she worked at St. Francis Riding Academy. She and Robert Genisman met again after he completed four years in the U.S. Navy and were married in 1956.
Throughout her life, she worked with horses: teaching, judging, training, mentoring, and directing riding academies, including the direction of the early stages of Spring Down Equestrian Center.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Genisman; children Elizabeth Huber, Linda Belleville and David Genisman; siblings Suzie Mason, William Curley and Judy Ranzer; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to DreamPower Horsemanship, 12425 Foothill Ave. #8, San Martin, CA 95046, or online at dreampowerhorsemanship.com.