National Clinician, Speaker, Equestrian Performer, Competitor & Business Owner
EPN Global, Founder & Taiji Horsemanship, Founder
When the history books get written, I want to be remembered as..
A Great Horseman!
HITS National & International Equestrian Show Series
January 1- April 1, 2016
INSPIRE, EDUCATE, ENTERTAIN and COMPETE…. is what Lizzy likes to do with her horses. Born with only one hand, Lizzy embraces life with a compassion, determination and dignity that is beyond her years. She has wonderful results with her horses based on her love of her horses, effort to understand them and consistent and basic training approach. Born and raised on a sport horse breeding and training farm, she has always placed a priority on learning ….seeking out every and any learning opportunity made available. Lizzy is a nationally competitive rider in the hunters, jumpers and dressage and has performed bridleless jumping, hippodrome and roman riding routines at some of the biggest national and international equestrian events often times on young homebreds. She has been a national clinician at many of these venues as well with an extensive list of topics taught. Lizzy considers having horses in her life to be an incredible privilege and gift. She sees her most important roles as that of an advocate for ” The Horses” and “The Horse Industry”. Lizzy likes implementing and being a part of activities that can help to insure a quality of life for these amazing animals and contribute to the dedicated community and people around them.
2017 United States Equestrian Federation
Junior Equestrian of the Year Acceptance Speech
Speech starts at 2:47
When we choose to let go of preconceived goals, beleifs or expectations, we can find ourselves on an amazing journey fueled by heart and spirit that is like no other!
What I Know for Sure…..
The first was taught to me by my pony “Toby”…..
“When we help others to realize their potential, we come to realize our own potential!”
The other I have learned from the amazing journey I have been on ….
“No Matter how unlikely or impossible something may seem…..no young person should ever be discouraged from pursuing their dream, because it is NOT about reaching the destination, it is about everything they will learn and experience on a journey unlike any other when it is fueled by a dream!”
Horses Always come first for 2017 Junior Equestrian of Year – Lizzy Traband!
Read all about it! (pages 70-79)
My Olympic Quest
Since the time I was little…even when I found myself jumping more jumps then my pony tumbling onto the other side, while he stood quietly on the front side looking at me, I would see myself one day on that Olympic podium with a gold medal around my neck. I believe in this dream and no matter what……. plan to embrace the journey!
Lizzy was born and raised on Carousel Farm, her family’s farm in Centre Hall, PA. On over 105 acres, Lizzy has always considered the farm to be the most amazing playground in the world and more importantly a place for both her horses and her horses to call “home”.
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EPN is my latest project. I founded EPN three years ago after watching my mentor, Elizabeth Solter struggle with with billing, business marketing and networking for the purpose of purchasing and selling horses. EPN is a company with the goal of providing tools using the latest technology to make management, marketing, networking, media and public relations as easy as possible for equestrian professions. We are developing a network of 54 websites, that with a single entry can provide horse sales data to a wide audience across many demographics. We are also developing an equestrian business management cloud based database application for the management of equestrian business. After development, implementation of these tools EPN will also offer Equestrian Media Management and Public Relations. My goal is for EPN to become the biggest equestrian marketing, management and media company in the world. If you are interested in a preview of our products in beta testing, please email me at email@example.com. Exciting things are in the works! Lizzy
I want to see every horse, rider, professional and all members of our equestrian community on an amazing journey! Taiji Horsemanship and EPN are two of my projects that I am very excited about!
Taiji – Obtaining your supreme ultimate as a result of perfect balance and harmony!
Founded March 28, 2009.
The IN Sync Series (Five Modules- shown below) was released November 9, 2011
After two years of intensive planning, video taping and editing the Taiji Horsemanship In Sync Training Series was released. It is truly “THE Tools and Exercises” that I use to start and maintain all my horses! It takes the skills and experiences from the many worlds that I am a part of….perfomance, liberty and trick training, hunter & jumper training and upper level dressage training ….making it a very unique and effective program. Started when I was only 11 and completed at age 13, I can assure it is a training progression, that is super easy to follow. Using the In Sync tools…I competed my young horse purchased as an unbroke two year old (who is now 6 years old) to top ribbons at this years National Junior Hunter Finals, had one of the highest national FEI junior rider dressage tests in (2014), won a Junior Jumper class at the USHJA Zone 2 Jumper Championship(2015) and have performed and taught bridleless riding at many of the biggest equine events nationally and internationally.As a national competitor, this is what I am still using today to train high hunters, jumpers, dressage, bridleless, trick and liberty horses.
The Taiji In Sync Series
The basic tools that are at the heart of ALL my training!
No matter how hard the task at hand I am always revisiting the basics to retain a strong foundation of training!
Wish your horse always stood quietly watching you ready to do what ever you might ask?
Would like to know every time you mount your horse young or old…you have control?
Wouldn’t it be awesome if your horse could be confident no matter what?
There is hands, legs and seat…..but above all else, the most important tool and aid is balance!
Only 4 simple exercises to break horses, teach youngsters & keep seasoned horses prepped?
2012 East Coast Conference Evening Banquet Keynote Speaker
No Matter how unlikely or impossible something may seem…..no young person should ever be discouraged from pursuing their dream, because it is NOT about reaching the destination, it is about everything they will learn and experience on a journey unlike any other when it is fueled by a dream!
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some amazing people. I have met some of the countries best riders, trainers, competitors and entertainers. I have met the heads of major companies from around the world. They all have one thing in common, they are passionate about what they are doing and their success wasn’t by chance. They work hard to do what they do well. They had people who taught them what they know and helped them along the way. The very best are always willing to take what they have learned and share it with others with good intentions. Thank you to the many people, who have reached out to help me!
Lizzy has always had a maturity beyond her years. She is a quick learner…able to take many different instructions at once. She can accomplish a good deal more than an average student in a given session since she can take in a lot at once, and we can work on improving not only her but also her horse. Her horse’s well-being is always foremost in her mind, and she understands that everything she does has an effect on her horse. Beyond her attitude is her ability. Lizzy was born with a natural feel to ride, which is something you really cannot teach.
Her skills are well beyond her years. She learns by listening. She learns by watching. She odesn’t have to ask a whole lot of questions. If you just kind of sit back and watch, there is a way to do it. She figures it out. There’s really nothing she can’t do!
Our afternoon with Lizzy Traband…..My daughters are nervous to meet her. Lizzy was featured in American Girl magazine, and it feels like we’re meeting a celebrity. Once they meet her, there’s nothing to worry about. She’s offering treats and friendship at the first encounter. For a whole afternoon, the girls follow Lizzy around. You don’t notice that she has one hand: she’s cleaning out stalls, feeding her horses, and performing tricks with her pony, Puddles. The whole time, Lizzy’s teaching me all about her technique called Taiji Horsemanship. It’s a method. Her principles are simple: kindness, stillness, communication, simplicity. She teaches that “failure is a requirement of success” and that “you need a plan so you can ride with purpose.” Lizzy takes her time, steps back, and revisits simple rules. She lives out her own method. As we drink lemonade together in the barn, I think more about what I’ve observed here: Kindness, stillness, communication, and simplicity between horse and rider. It’s not just about horses; I realize the power of these principles in mothering and friendship. I think about a writer’s relationship to her own words or a photographer’s interaction with the natural world. I move out across the landscape more quietly, more kindly. With this kind of stillness and simplicity, the colors do indeed seem all the more vibrant.
Not only is she a great kid who rides well, but she also sits at the ring all day and watches and then she sets jumps. She is right there with you. She wants every bit of information that you can give her.
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