"When we choose to let go of preconceived notions or expected outcomes...
it provides us the freedom to be on an amazing journey"

Meet Lizzy

GROWNIG UP LIZZY

Lizzy was born and raised on her family’s hunter, jumper, and breeding farm in Central Pennsylvania. Some say Lizzy sat on a horse before she could walk. Growing up without a left hand resulted in Lizzy taking a non-traditional route in the early years of her riding. For Lizzy, it was not only more fun but also easier to ride her pony without a bridle and with just a rope around the neck. Lizzy thought that horse showing was too stressful and dress-up and bareback bridleless riding was more her style. 

Lizzy’s first pony Toby was purchased by her parents at an auction with his cart tack and all for $800. Toby had a tremendous impact on Lizzy’s early years as an equestrian. Lizzy’s mom had intended that Toby would be a small pony hunter, but both Toby and Lizzy had other ideas. 

PERFORMER & NATIONAL CLINICIAN

At a young age, Lizzy discovered Tommie Turvey. From the age of 7 Lizzy was traveling, performing stunts, and bareback bridleless jumping with Tommie Turvey’s Night of Amazing Horses. They performed all across North America including the 2010 World Equestrian Games, Equine Affair, and Canam. 

Lizzy taught clinics on a wide variety of topics including trick riding, flatwork, jumping, bridleless riding, and starting young horses, while also delivering nighttime performances. In 2009 Lizzy founded Taiji Horsemanship, with the mission to provide a quality start to finish education, allowing every horse and rider to be on their best possible journey. The training series remains available online for free today and was named the #1 virtual training series by Horse Nation, presented by SmartPak in 2016.  The foundation from Taiji Horsemanship is still avidly used by Lizzy today.

JUNIOR COMPETITION & CATCH RIDING YEARS

The 2010 World Equestrian Games was a pivotal point in Lizzy’s riding career, as she was introduced to Louise Serio, and given the inaugural USHJA Living the Dream grant. This allowed Lizzy the opportunity to go to Wellington, Florida for two weeks with one horse and train with the best in the industry. These two weeks opened doors and started relationships that are still cherished today.

Since then Lizzy’s focus was in the hunter and jumper competition ring under the tutelage of Elizabeth Solter, Lizzy’s Mom’s best friend, and Mr. Joe Fargis. After the passing of Elizabeth Solter in 2014, Lizzy refocused primarily on the jumpers. Lizzy focused on picking up as many rides as she could in the jumper ring and finding good jumpers that had small problems worth trying to fix.

Under the graciousness of Karl Heinz Beyer, Emil Spadone, Peter Wylde, and Andy Kocher to name a few, Lizzy was able to secure some great rides through her junior career securing her the opportunity to jump national grand prix’s and win numerous junior/amateur jumper classics.

COLLEGIATE YEARS

Following Lizzy’s junior year’s she attended Penn State University where she majored in Finance and graduated with honors. Lizzy was co-captain of the equestrian team her sophomore year and captain her junior year, leading the team to nationals 3 years in a row, and bringing home top placings in the Cacchione Cup under the guidance of Penn State’s coach Mrs. Kristin Kocher Gretok. 

Lizzy represented the Equestrian Team in Penn State’s THON, a 46 hour no sitting, no sleeping, dance marathon to raise money for pediatric cancer and research during her junior year. THON is the largest student run philanthropy in the world and has raised over 157 million dollars for pediatric cancer since its founding.

MOVE TO EUROPE TO WORK, RIDE, & COMPETE

Directly after graduation in December of 2019 Lizzy flew to Mühlen, Germany to ride and compete for Paul Schokelmohle under the advice of Ms. Kathy Kusner. Lizzy is still in Germany today continuing to ride, compete, and train young jumpers for Paul Schokelmohle while continuing to build her connections in Europe. Lizzy eagerly looks forward to returning to the States but recognizes this time in Europe is a key step to her development as a rider.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

Lizzy has big dreams and is not readily satisfied. Ever since watching the Show Jumping events at WEG in 2010, Lizzy has set her goals on one day representing the USA. Lizzy is determined to work as hard as she can to achieve her goals, but above all else, Lizzy is committed first and foremost to her horses. Whatever the future may hold, Lizzy will continue to put her horses above all else and to appreciate them in everything she does.

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Industry Accolades

Longines Masters NY Equitation – Invitational Silver Medalist

Pictured with the founder of the IHSA, Mr. Bob Cacchione and Penn State University’s Coach Kristin Kocher Gretok

Czech Republic Young Jumper Championship

6-year-old stallion “Larry”

Sale Sport Horses Team

4-year-old gelding “Sindibad”

Penn State Female Athlete of the Year

Awarded to a female student-athlete that demonstrates exceptional performance in her sport

Launch Box Start-up Business $10,000 Grant Winner

Our company EPN Global in its early stages was e into the launch box summer founders program and given a start-up grant. We worked all summer in the incubator space beta testing, developing, and diving into EPN Global.

Pictured are all start-up founders after the final pitch at the conclusion of the summer

Cacchione Cup Work Off 2017 – 4th Place

The opportunity to ride Goofy and Cool Pleasure VD was graciously provided by Emil Spadone and Redfield Farm

The Hamel Family Foundation grant is graciously awarded to a passionate equestrian working to obtain higher education
Lizzy successfully pursued a degree in Finance  from the Pennsylvania State University with sincere gratitude for the Hamel Family’s support

Pictured is Lizzy with Mr. Bill Rube

The opportunity to ride “Laddona” was graciously provided by the Kamie Family and Mr. Peter Wylde

Lizzy purchased “Huh” as a two year – old and developed him herself under the guidance of her Mom, Annette, and Elizabeth Solter

Lizzy received a USHJA grant to compete at Junior Hunter Finals in 2015

Pictured is Lizzy aboard Helene Bergstrom’s amazing horse Ucari at a qualifying event in Wellington

Pictured is the Gold Medal team in 2012 – Lizzy was the youngest rider to ever attend EAP Nationals at 14 years old

Pictured is Lizzy piloting her own 4-year old  “Huh”

Lizzy also piloted two other young hunter prospects to top finishes and tricolors in 2012

Pictured is Lizzy with her parents and one of the generous supporters of the Living the Dream grant, Ms. Jennifer Burger prior to the WCHR Final

One of 43 invited performers invited to the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky

Lizzy’s pony Toby becomes a glossy limited edition release of the Spirt of Horse

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Experience

Paul Schockemöhle

Competition Rider

Sales Sport Horses and Tenerife Stables

Competition Rider and Young Horse Developer 

Joe Fargis

After the passing of Elizabeth Solter, Lizzy started primarily training with Mr. Fargis, continuing to up catch rides where ever she could.

National Hunter/Jumper Catch Rider

  • 2011 – 2014 – Winter Catch rode in Wellington
    • Elizabeth Solter
    • Maggie Fullington
    • Steffan Family
    • and many more!
  • 2015 – 2019 – Winter Catch rode in Ocala, Florida
    • Karl Heinz-Byer
    • Peter Wylde
    • Emil Spadone
    • and more!

Elizabeth Solter

Working Student – Catch Rider

Louise Serio – Derby Down

Working Student during WEF 2012

National and International Events Clinician

Topics Taught:

  • High Performance Flat Work
  • High Perfomance Jumping
  • Bridleless
  • Starting Young Horse
  • Jumping Gymnastics
  • Perfecting Balance
  • Round Pen Training
  • Liberty
  • Bow, Laydown and Sit-up
  • Roman Riding

Taiji Horsemanship

Founder, Writer, Producer

Full Training Video Series

Night of Amazing Horses

Headliner

International Hunter Futurity