Anne Kursinski Clinic

Every year around Thanksgiving Ann runs her annual clinic at her farm…..and every year I look forward to this clinic. Ann is a “perfectionist in the saddle”  and Hoffy is a “perfectionist in the barn”.  I feel like every time I get a chance to ride with Ann it gives me an understanding of the “mindset” you need to be …

Equine Extravaganza

Thank you Vicki and Racheal for another great year at Equine Extravaganza.  I taught 2-3 sessions a day on everything from bonding and tricks to bridleless riding.  It was standing room only at pretty much every session I taught….I’ve have come a long ways from the first time I taught, when my only spectator was my grandmother.   I had dinner …

Capital Challenge National Equitation Weekend

I rode in my first major national equitation final this past weekend at the Capital Challenge horse show.  I rode “Valido”  and he was awesome.  Valido has more of a ” jumper style” going around a course of jumps, but we have a great partnerships.  I trust him completely to take care of me, if I make a mistake.  “LaSanta” …

MHSA Equitation Final

What a weekend…….I felt like I ran a marathon and than tripped before I could get over the finish line.  Our weekend started with Valido having a violent colic when we arrived at the show ground.  It was the worst colic my mom and I have ever dealt with.  I have grown to really “love”  Valido.  When “Valido” came to …

Arc De Triumph to Partner with / and sponsor Taiji Horsemanship

I am very happy to announce a partnership between Arc De Triumph and Taiji horsemanship.  I think one of the most important things in riding is balance. If you aren’t balanced, it will affect how your horse goes.  You may be having challenges that could be eliminated simply by the rider becoming balanced.  Having a good saddle is very important …

Interntational Hunter Futurity East Coast Regional Competition

I was so pleased at my young horses first major competition.  “Hercules” and “Huh” were both awesome…..and “Metric”  who I rode for a client was also really good.  All three horses jogged every class.  I was given a special award for being the “best turned out”  This made me feel really good, because I do all of my own training, …

Taiji Shop to carry Le Mundial Custom Boots!

I am so excited about “these boots”.  Having good equipment…..a good saddle, boots that fit well and the “right equipment”  goes a long ways!  Le Mundial makes amazing custom boots.  They fit like a glove, they are beautiful and they are affordable ……$599.  My mom and I now measure for Le Mundial and offer the full line of Le Mundial …

AETA Convention

We had another productive trip to the AETA convention.  I was able to meet with several sponsors and vendors that we will be doing business with.  I am always looking for sources of difficult to find training equipment or high quality equipment at a great price.  The AETA provides a great opportunity to view new products and to visit with …

Cosequin Sponsorship is official! Thank You Nutramax Labs!

For years, my family has used Cosequin.  Cosequin is now an offical sponsor of my top exhibition and performance horses. I do everything I can to help to keep my horses “sound, healthy, happy and fit”.  Jumping is tough on horses, particularly their joints.  I love “Cosequin” , because it gives the joints a “little help” in staying healthy without …

Welcome to the “Taiji Shop”

Having good quality equipment, that is well designed for the job at at hand is invaluable when training horse.  Sometimes it can be difficult to find certain equipment and often time it is cost prohibitive to purchase really high quality equipment.  Having good equipment is a great asset, when training.  I think one of the most important things in riding …

Triple Crown Sponsorship is official! Thank You Triple Crown!

Thank you Triple Crown…Triple Crown is one of the best feeds currently available of the market. I am so excited that Toby, Puddles, La Santa and Valido will be sponsored by Triple Crown. Thank You Triple Crown for a great product and for your sponsorship! We look forward to working togehter on some projects in the future! Lizzy

Taiji Horsemanship Camp

We held the second annual Taiji Horsemanship camp. It was well attended and everyone seemed to have a great time. Thank you again to everyone that helped out…my mom, my mom-mom, Debbie, Jilly, Lisa and Kaite. Thank you also to everyone who attened. I am already looking forward to next years camp! Lizzy

Qualified for the 2011 MHSA Equitation Final

I am so proud of my “Valido”.  He marched around the MHSA 3’3″ course like a champ.  We were awarded the blue and earned to opportunity to compete in the MHSA year end equitation final.  Valido was such a good boy!  Lizzy

July BEST Show

I really enjoy the BEST show series.  These shows provide a great inexpensive opportunity to jump the babies around in a horse show environment.  The footing and jumps are good.  I also like that it is near Washington, DC, so my aunt Amy who works in DC is able to come see me ride.  We take our camper, t and …

Brandywine Valley Summer Series

This was the first year for the Brandywine Valley Summer Series.  It is held at the historic Devon Show grounds.  I did several demos each day at the show.  It is an awesome series.  The show was voted “Best in Pennsylvania” for 2011.  I am looking forward to being a part of this show again in 2012.    

Derbydown Training

Louise Serio is one of the best hunter riders I have ever seen. She makes it look “so easy” I had the opportunity to train with her in Wellington this past winter. She is such an incredible rider and is really nice. She not only ride hunters, but she owned a reining horse for a while as well. It looked …

Loving Valido

In April of this year I was offered “Valido” He was pretty grumpy when he arrived. He had been showing the jumpers at the Thermal circuit prior to his arrival. When he first arrived, when you would point him at a jump you could be sure he would jump, but not sure where he might leave the ground. He was …

Trip to Beach with MomMom and friends

I had a chance to sneak off to the beach for a few days with a few friends from school. My mom-mom took us. I am always excited to go, but them I start missing the horses and am excited to come home. My mom’s best friend E. Solter lives at the beach. I love when we go visit her …

Devon Horse Show

We decided to head to Devon for a few days to visit with some friends that were showing. My mom was able to spend a little time with her best friends and I was able to visit with everyone from Derby Down. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone from Derbydown for two weeks at the Brandywine Valley Horse …

Arrival of Interns Katie & Bailey

It is going to be a great summer. We have two interns for the summer….Katie and Bailey. Katie is one of my most favorite people in the “world”. She is so much fun. She is going to be living with us this summer and helping out here at the farm. Bailey will be arriving from Tennesse. She will be working …

Mid West Horse Fair

The Mid West Horse Fair was awesome. I was told that there was over 50,000 in attendance. We had an interesting assortment weather while in Wisconsin. It was 50 degrees the day we arrived. This was followed by a day of 50 MPH winds. Then on Saturday, snowed like a blizzard. We finished on Sunday with Sunshine and 50 degree …

Training at Anne Kursinskis

I had the chance this weekend to take a few lessons on my new jumper Valido with Anne Kursinski, before she leaves to train a client in Europe. When you get an opportunity to ride with someone like Anne Kursinski (four time Olympian) or Louise Serio ( World Champoinship Hunter Rider) you realize that their success isn’t accidental. They work …

Taiji Horsemanship Camp is Coming!

Camp Taiji 2011 was a blast. I can’t wait for this summer’s camp. The Norris girls will be back as counselors. For more info…check out the website at: Camp Information Hope to see you there! Lizzy

Arrival of Valido at Carousel Farm

It was so amazing watching all of the great riders in Florida and at the World Games. I love the jumper competitions. The horses are amazing atheletes and the riders are great technicians. I hope to one day be a great jumper rider. I was blessed to be given an opportunity to have a really cool jumper. He just arrived. …

Swan Lake Horse Show

A bunch of us from the farm decided to weather the winter cold and head to Swan Lake for March “A” show. Elizabeth was champion in the A/O division. Chey was reserve champion in the A/A division. Heather kept riding better and better finishing 2nd in her last over fences class. LaSanta and I rode to some ribbons in equitation. …

American Girl

So cool…..American Girl did a feature article on me and my horses in their March issue. It was a really nice article! Thank You American Girl for the “nice article” Lizzy Veiw the Article:

Puddles is a painted pony

Puddles is such a good boy. For the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo, they needed a good natured white pony or horse for Peggy Brown and Susan Harris to use in their anatomy in motion sessions. Well, Puddles stepped up to the plate. He is such a good pony and a very good sport! Lizzy

Colleen Kelly Clinic at Carousel Farm

It was such a priviledge to have Colleen Kelly come to the farm to do a clinic. Colleen is travels the world coaching rider biomechanics. She has worked with many top international riders. We had a wonderful weekend of learning, good food, friendship and camaraderie. We have begun work on a very special project. It is going to be magical…….. …

Clinic with Bruce Davidson

It was really neat to ride with Bruce Davidson at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo.  We did some gymnastics with the horses.  The thing the left the biggest impression on me was his discussion of the “fifth leg”.  He talked about how the fifth leg could make the difference in a horse being a top international horse or not making …

2011 Pennsylvania Horse World Expo

We have a great time at the Pa Horse World expo.  We were really tired …arrive home from Florida….body clip three horse…head to PA, but it was good.  We were really busy at the expo….we were involved in 12 session over 3 days. We demonstrated for Colleen Kelly , Tommie Turvey, Bruce Davidson and Puddles was the painted pony for …

USHJA Living the Dream Program

Thank you to the USHJA for the “Living the Dream” grant, which provided my the opportunity to train in Wellington, Florida.  Of all of the cool things that have happened to me, I think this is what I am most proud of….to know that I inspired the creation of a program that will provide cool experiences for kids for years …

Louise Serio wins the USHJA World Chamionship Hunter Rider Competition

Congratulations to Louise Serio……Louise is an amazing rider, trainer and person.  I have had the opportunity to spend time with her, watch her train and receive some instruction from her during my time here in Florida.  It was absolutely so “cool to see her win the world championship hunter rider competition”  Congratulations to Louise and everyone at Derby Down for …

Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL (video)

The winter equestrian festival was amazing.  The only place more amazing was the World Equestrian Games.  Nine rings….amazing horses everywhere….a whole community rallying around the WEF.  It was just amazing.  The community was beautiful.  Sunshine and spectacular landscaping everywhere you look and the most incredable collection of jumps in every direction.  Horse were immaculately groomed with the hair in perfect …

Thank You to Davis Products!

I came home one day to a big box that had arrived in the mail.  In it was the most colorful collection of boots and bell boots and head bumper guards, that I have ever seen.  It was from my friends at Davis.  That was so sweet!.  The boots are really, really fun and very practical as well.  I will …

New Taiji Lounge

Winters in Pennsylvania get a little tough.  It is really cold.  We have been wanting to add a viewing room to the indoor for some time now, but just never really had the time or resources to do it.  My mom found this absolutely amazing auction….a major manufactured homes builder was going out of business.  They had multiple warehouses of …

New Taiji Office

While dad was in construction mode and had an amish crew to help, we talked him into enclosing a portion of the equipment shed attached to the indoor to make an office and warehouse.  My mom can now work on her computer AND watch me ride.  How cool is that!  And all of the stuff for Taiji Horsemanship….our props, taiji …

USHJA Trainer Certification Clinic

Over the Christmas holiday, I had a chance to ride in a USHJA TCP clinic at McDonough school.  Patricia Griffith taught the first day and frank Madden taught the second day.  They were both really good.  I think what the USHJA is doing is really great.  Having an instructor certification program, that is being developed and supervised by top professionals …

USHJA Stacia Madden Clinic

We just returned from a 2 day USHJA TCP (trainers certification program) with Stacia Madden.  It was an excellent clinic.   Stacia used wonderful explanations with each of her exercises, that made it very easy to understand what she wanted and why you should do it that way.  I picked up quite a few things from the clinic. I think …

Christmas at Carousel Farm

Christmas is a magical time at Carousel Farm,LLC.  We don’t like to be away from the farm at Christmas.  I like to be home with my horses, family and friends.  We were offered an opportunity to ride in the Rose bowl parade, but we would have had to be on the road during Christmas.  Every Christmas, we get an amazing …

Heritage Horse Show – LaSanta’s First Horse Show

I took LaSanta to his first horse show with us.  It was a little B rated show about  2 hours away.  He was great.  He is so fun to ride.  He is very athletic.  Unfortunately we rode a little equitation class. We were called back to test in first place, but I didn’t realize the class tested and took him …

Halloween and Training at Elizabeths

We spent the weekend at my mom’s best friends, Elizabeth Solter, for Halloween. Her town goes crazy decorating. We all dressed up like football players. I am not sure who had more fun us kids….or my mom and her best friend! They are intense trick or treaters! Lizzy

Anne Kursinski Clinic

The weekend before Thanksgiving we headed to Anne Kursinski’s for her annual clinic at her farm.  I rode LaSanta.  I was really proud of him.  I feel so lucky to have found him.  The clinic was amazing.  We did lots of flat work.  We rode some cool jumping sequences and worked on an auto release.  We also worked on counting …

Way to GO Charles Owens Helmet Company

It was so nice meeting Roy, the owner of Charles Owens helmets. I love the Charles Owens helmets. They are attractive and safe. We learned how to properly fit helmets. Thank You Charles Owens for making such a great helmet! Lizzy

Thank You to Leather Therapy & Quintiscentials

While at teaching at Equine Extravaganza I met the owners of both Leather Theraphy and Quintiscentials.  They both make great products.  We use leather theraphy to wash all of our fleece saddle pads and quintiscentials make wonderful riding pants for schooling.  Thank you to both companies for your support of Taiji Horsmenahsip.  Lizzy

Equine Extravaganza

We had a great event at Equine Extravaganza 2010.  I taught two educational sessions each day and  judged the finals of their weekend performance competition.  Equine Extravaganza is held on the grounds that were once the farm where Secretariat was born.  There was a meet and greet fundraiser on Saturday night to benefit the Secretariat foundation.  Thank you to those …

LaSanta arrives at Carousel Farm

While we were at Equine Extravaganza…..LaSanta arrived from British Columbia, Vancouver.  Thank you to Lisa for meeting the horse van and getting him settled into his new home!  I couldn’t wait to get home to welcome to our farm!  Lizzy

Our Trip to meet LaSanta in British Columbia, Vancouver

My mom and I took a trip to the west coast to meet LaSanta.  I was looking for a very big uphill and athletic horse to ride in the big equitation classes.  We learned about LaSanta and thought he might meet our needs.  My mom and I flew to Seattle on frequent flyer tickets and then drove up to Vancouver. …

Selection of “Helios” from Broad Hill Run Farm

Several years ago, my mom gave a good friend her best broodmares in exchange for some offspring.  This fall we brought home a little chestnut yearling with a back leg injury.  His back leg should be fine, but is going to require daily care for quite some time.    He will be my project.  He is IHF nominated.  I am …

Sale of “Matinee Scho

It was really tough, but I sold “Mattee” to a client of Elizabeth Solters.  Mattee is Rosies full brother.  I trained “Mattee” to ride and jump bridleless.  He is a really good jumper (classical hunter style).  My mom showed him in IHF as a three year old and Elizabeth rode him in the IHF when he was 4.  He is …