By Dominique Jando
jockeyClassic equestrian act in which the participants ride standing in various attitudes on a galoping horse, perform various jumps while on the horse, and from the ground to the horse, and perform classic horse-vaulting exercises.. Christine grandfather, Charles, ran a circus in France, which was also very popular in North Africa—in what were then French colonies.
Christine’s father, Tarzan Zerbini, came to the United States in the 1950s with his lion and tiger cage act(English/American) Act performed in a cage, such as lion or tiger acts. for an engagement with the Mills Bros. Circus. He never left: In time, he created his own circus, which still tours successfully in the United States and Canada. Christine’s siblings have also maintained the family tradition; one of them, Sylvia, is a world-renowned aerialistAny acrobat working above the ring on an aerial equipment such as trapeze, Roman Rings, Spanish web, etc. and equestrienneA female equestrian, or horse trainer, horse presenter, or acrobat on horseback..
Christine trained in a wide range of circus disciplines in her father’s circus, but her true passion was working with horses. She met her husband, Sultan Kumisbayev, while performing with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Christine worked in a sway pole act, and Sultan was a member of a Cossack-riding troupe from Kazakhstan. Their common love of horses drew them together, and they eventually created their own equestrian acts. They were featured at the Big Apple Circus in two productions from 2008 to 2010.
- Video: Christine Zerbini & Sultan Kumisbayev, Equestrian Presentation, in the Big Apple Circus production of Play On! (2008)