Liz Austin has been a dressage competitor since 1989. She began riding sales horses  when she was twelve, the same year she started her first horse under saddle. At sixteen she competed in her first Prix St. Georges on a horse she trained herself and by twenty-two she made her Grand Prix dressage debut in Europe riding Olivier.

Liz has had the unique opportunity to work with some of the greatest riders and trainers in the world. In the spring of 2013 she had the chance to spend two months in England training with Carl Hester which she calls, “the most inspirational riding adventure of my life.” Other trainers Liz has also worked extensively with Kathy Connelly, Michael Barisone, Lendon Gray, Robert Dover, Oded Shimoni, Tuny Page and Jennifer Baumert. As a Young Rider Liz participated in the Advanced Young Rider clinics with Conrad Schumacher and she credits him with giving her the basis for much of her training today. Additional clinicians Liz has worked with include Debbie McDonald, Ingird Klimke, Scott Hassler, Ulf Moeller and Hubertus Schmidt. Liz is now available in the Lexington, KY area during the summer and in Wellington, FL in the winter.

Competitive Highlights



  • 3rd place finish CDI Allentown Grand Prix Special
  • 6th place finish Global Dressage Festival CDI


  • Undefeated at first competition with Olivier son, Coltrane with scores to 80%
  • New England Dressage Association Two-Time Reserve Champion
  • Winner of the DG Bar Cup at TenBroeck Farm with 77%
  • Average score at training and first level almost 75%


  • Reserve Rider for FEI World Cup 2011
  • World Dressage Masters 4th place Grand Prix Special
  • Gold Coast CDI-W 1st place Grand Prix
  • Gold Coast CDI-W 2nd place Grand Prix Special
  • Palm Beach Dressage CDI-W 2nd place Grand Prix Freestyle
  • Wellington Dressage CDI-W 2nd place Grand Prix Special


  • Winner of Allentown CDI- Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special
  • Longlisted for the World Equestrian Games
  • Eighth place at the Festival of Champions- Gladstone, NJ
  • Invited to compete in the prestigious World Dressage Masters in Wellington, Florida
  • Finished 9th in the Grand Prix and 3rd in the Grand Prix Special at World Dressage Masters
  • CDI Grand Prix average  67%


  • Won 7 of 9 national Grand Prix classes with an average of 70%
  • Competed in CDIs at NEDA and Saugerties including a win in the Grand Prix Special at CDI Saugerties
  • CDI Grand Prix average of 65%
  • Apple Valley Show Grand Prix – 72.3%


  • USDF Gold Medalist
  • Dressage at Equestrian Estates Fourth Level – 69%


  • Champion – USEF/Collecting Gaits National Dressage Championship Brentina Cup
  • Devon CDI Grand Prix – 2nd place
  • Devon CDI Grand Prix Special – 2nd place
  • NEDA CDI Grand Prix – 68%
  • NEDA CDI Grand Prix Freestyle – 69%
  • CDI Saugerties GP Freestyle – 71.4%
  • King Oak Dressage Grand Prix and GP Special – 71%
  • CDI Raleigh Intermediare 2 and High Score FEI – 72.195%
  • WEF Dressage Classic Grand Prix – 71.25%
  • Palm Beach Dressage Derby Grand Prix 66.25%


  • Champion – USEF/Collecting Gaits National Dressage Championship Brentina Cup

2005 and Prior

  • Champion – 2005 Youth Dressage Festival (Young Rider division)
  • Individual Silver Medalist- 2004 NAYRC (Junior Olympics)
  • Champion – 2004 Youth Dressage Festival (Young Rider division)
  • Young Rider Champion – 2003 CDI Blainville
  • NAYRC Team Member – 2004 (Qualifying Average 67%)
  • NAYRC Team Member – 2003 (Qualifying Average 66%)
  • NAYRC Team Member – 2002 (Qualifying Average 65%)