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Liz's Story


 

 

It's not about the destination, it's about the journey along the way...

 

 

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Liz's Story


 

 

It's not about the destination, it's about the journey along the way...

 

 

 
 

How it all began...

For Liz's 7th birthday her parents had Ginger's Party Ponies come to the house.  Ginger bought Cupcake, a fat little pony to give rides on.  All dressed in her red cowgirl getup, Liz couldn't get enough of it.  On that same birthday her parents bought her a lesson package at Heiland Hills Training Center in Jordan, MN where Liz began her long journey to the horse woman she is today.

Fast forward many years later and Liz is an accomplished Event and Dressage rider, with many riding, teaching and coaching achievements.

The one that started it all is Lady Hannah B, Liz's first horse.  Liz was able to purchase Hannah in 2005 with the help of her parents and grandmother, Betty McGoon.  She was Liz's first horse, her very own, no one else's.

Liz began competing Hannah in 2005 at Wayne DuPage Horse Trials at the Training Level.  They worked hard and moved up to Preliminary in May of 2006 and never looked back.  Liz soon had Hannah competing around the country and finished 3rd in the CCI1* at Midsouth in 2007, and moved up to the Intermediate level in 2008.  They competed a few CIC2* competitions together before Liz retired her from upper level eventing in 2012 and leased her out to her students.  Hannah has really enjoyed showing the younger kids how its done.  She truly is a one of a kind horse.

Since then Liz has had many rides, but has only purchased two other horses since Hannah.  Rhine Maiden aka Lucy, was purchased in 2010 and Liz competed her through Preliminary in 2013 before deciding to pursue the Dressage ranks.  As of now, Liz has successfully shown Lucy through the I1 level of Dressage.  They are working on 1 tempis, passage and piaffe with the hopes to finish Lucy's training and compete at Grand Prix.  In April of 2014, Liz purchased a 2008 OTTB bay mare to add to her string and has successfully competed her through Preliminary.

In November of 2015, Copeland Farms and Liz went off to Ireland.  Together they found two lovely geldings that they brought home.  Robinstown Balivor, aka Tyson, is a beautiful 17h bay ISH gelding.  Liz has competed him through Training level with the plan to move up to Preliminary in the near future.  He is also very talented in dressage scoring in the 70s at First Level.  Tyson would make a Young Rider's dreams come true!  Privatised, aka Hutch, is a handsome 17.2h chestnut ISH gelding.  He has quickly become the barn favorite and he has some big plans in store.  He is currently competing at Training level aiming to move up to Preliminary in the fall of 2016.

 

All photography provided by Lear Miller.

 
 
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Equine Partners


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Liz has had many fabulous horses throughout her life.

Currently she owns three horses, including her first horse Lady Hannah B.  Hannah is retired from the upper levels of eventing but has continued to teach a variety of riders at the lower levels.

Lady Hannah B aka Hannah is a 16.3, 1995 American Warmblood bay mare, 3/4 Thoroughbred and 1/4 Shire bred by Kaesen Farms in Bastrop, Texas.  Hannah came in to Liz's life while she was in high school and began working for Liz Turnquist who had owned Hannah since she was a 3 year old.  Hannah took a long time to grow in to her body.  Liz started riding Hannah and competing her as a sale horse.  When Liz graduated from high school and an opportunity presented itself to go out East and down the Florida she jumped on it and with the help of her family purchased Hannah.  Liz successfully trained Hannah to the 2* level of Eventing, 1.2m Jumpers and 4th Level Dressage.  On Hannah she achieved many year end champion awards, USDF bronze medal and was able to run in a full format CCI1* finishing in 3rd place overall and was the Reserve Champion Young Rider.  Liz hopes again to be back competing at the upper levels as she produce young horses.

Rhine Maiden aka Lucy is a 15.3, 2003 Hanoverian chestnut mare that she purchased from Ken & Alison Larson.  Alison competed Lucy through 3rd level prior to Liz purchasing her.  Liz worked with Lucy and trained her through the Preliminary level of Eventing before deciding that Dressage is truly Lucy's calling in life.  Learning how to gallop and jump is just what Lucy needed and when Liz began showing her straight Dressage again she was much more relaxed and had more tools in her bag.  With the help of Alison, Liz is now showing Lucy at the I1 Level of Dressage and is working to finish her to Grand Prix.

Flash Mob aka Roxy is a 15.3, 2008 Thoroughbred bay mare that Liz purchased as a find on Dreamhorse.com in April of 2014.  Liz began Roxy's eventing career in 2014 and she quickly progressed to Training level that fall.  Roxy was lucky to head south for the winter to continue their training and Liz moved her up to the Preliminary level in June of 2015.  Liz is very excited to continue to progress with Roxy up the levels.  She is a talented and quirky mare that loves her job.

Privatised aka Hutchy is a 17.2h 2010 Irish Sport Horse owned by Copeland Farms.  We imported Hutch at the end of November and he is currently competing at the Novice level.

Robinstown Ballivor aka Tyson is 17h 2009 Irish Sport Horse owned by Copeland Farms.  He was imported with Hutch at the end of November and he is currently competing at the Training level.

Liz has had a lot of horses throughout her career, each one teaching her something new, and has been very blessed to work with a large variety of experienced instructors and clinicians.

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Philosophy


 

 

Train like you've never won and compete like you've never lost.

 

 

 

 

 

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Philosophy


 

 

Train like you've never won and compete like you've never lost.

 

 

 

 

 

Liz Lund Eventing's Philosophy on the Competitive Equine Lifestyle

 - To create a safe, fun and educational learning environment.

-To build integrity, compassion, courage, commitment, appreciation and responsibility as a whole.

-To turn out riders that are lifelong learners and that possess the skills, knowledge, a sense of self worth and the ethical values necessary to thrive in, not only an equine lifestyle, but life in general.

-To support individuals to be competent, responsible, accountable, passionate riders who consider the horse to be a partner, not a tool.

-To work in partnership with riders, their families, veterinarians, farriers, barn owners, and other professional equestrian team members.

-To facilitate effective partnerships between horse and rider by bringing together a combination that is safe, sound and well-suited in terms of ability, size, budget and is well-matched to accomplish competitive and personal goals.

-To promote sportsmanship and team pride through respect, honesty and hard work as well as through fun, celebration and support of each other.  To be a team that earns respect.

-To develop riders that are well educated about horsemanship, equine care and responsibilities and to give their horse's needs the utmost attention and diligence.

-To maintain the trainer's own education, experience and knowledge in order to support riders with the necessary expertise needed for a successful equine experience.