Biography and Philosophy
Liz’s love for horses began as a 7 year old taking weekly lessons at a farm in Florida. She then became involved in Pony Club and pursued her love of horses by finding a position grooming for an A circuit barn through high school. Many hours were spent mucking stalls, bathing horses, and holding horses for the vet.
In 2000 Liz began professionally training Hunter/Jumpers in Colorado. She takes pride in sharing her knowledge in all aspects of horsemanship including, growing as a rider, daily horse care, training the horse for the competition arena, and facilitating a bond between horse and rider. She believes that riders of all levels should focus on the fundamentals of communication between horse and rider. It is from this solid foundation that success in the show ring develops for riders of all levels. Liz’s main focus is steady and consistent growth of horse and rider team to ensure safety and enjoyment in hunter jumper riding.
Liz feels that as a trainer for 15 years it is her responsibility to instruct and guide her clients in all aspects of horsemanship. Liz places just as much emphasis on the care of the horse as guiding her students over jumps. She is just as concerned with showing a student how to care for a minor injury on the horse as she is in showing the rider the difference between a crest and automatic release.
Liz encourages all of her students to compete in shows from schooling shows to A circuit level shows. Most of her clients, from adults to children, enjoy horse showing on the local CHJA circuit. Liz encourages her students to view horse shows as a way to gauge their growth as riders. Shows are a exciting and fun way to exhibit their growth that has resulted from hard work in training.
USEF, USHJA, CHJA
Liz attended Delaware Valley College for Equine Science where she was also on the Intercollegiate college riding team and completed her degree at CU of Boulder. Liz has worked for many premier trainers on the east coast and in Colorado.