Liz with her Grand Prix stallion, Olivier (Idocus x Porter), pictured on left and his son Coltrane (Olivier x Doruto), pictured on right. Photo Credit- Lauren Hampton

Liz Austin has been a dressage competitor since 1989 (she was five). She began riding sales horses for her mother, Madeleine Austin, 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, her mother’s homebred stallion.

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 Debbie McDonald, 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.

Competitive Highlights

Olivier loves victory gallops!

Liz winning the Brentina Cup at the National Championships. Photo Credit- Susan Stickle

-Competed in Two Grand Prix National Championships

-Competed in two World Dressage Masters (youngest competitor ever) including a 3rd place finish in Grand Prix Special

-Long Listed for 2010 World Equestrian Games

-Reserve Rider for 2011 FEI World Cup Final

-Two Time National Champion (Brentina Cup)

-Individual Silver Medalist at North American Young Rider Championships


Steeped in Luck

  • 6th place Dressage at Devon CDI, Grand Prix Freestyle
  • 2nd place Tryon CDI, Grand Prix Freestyle
  • 3rd place Tryon CDI, Grand Prix
  • 8th place Dressage at Devon CDI, Grand Prix



  • Sales horse- competed in first PSG at GMHA with scores in the 70s
  • FEI High Score of the Day
  • FEI Reserve High Score of the Show
  • Undefeated PSG

Ambra 89

  • Sales horse- competed at PSG at GMHA with scores over 67%, finished 3rd in large PSG class

Trip the Light Fantastic

  • Competed training and first level with scores to 73%
  • Finished 6th overall in the very competitive Region 8 Championships


  • Debuted at 2nd level winning his class with a 70%



  • Liz’s personal horse- Competed 3rd level with over 70% average, placed 5th at the Regional Championships
  • Qualifed for the National Championships
  • Placed 8th in the Nation for 3rd level



  • Sales horse- competed in first PSG at GMHA July scoring 68%


  • 8-year-old Friesian stallion owned by Phil Bailey
  • First season PSG with scores to 66%



  • Two top finishes with scores from 69%-72% at GMHA July Dressage
  • FEI High Score Award of show GMHA July Dressage Days



  • 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
  • Welling Dressage CDI-W 2nd place Grand Prix Special
  • Competed Harmony’s Galant at Intermediare II with scores to 66%
  • Named to Developing Horse and Rider list with Harmony’s Galant


  • Winner of Allentown CDI- Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special
  • Qualified for the Championship for the World Equestrian Games
  • Competed 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%
  • Competed Harmony’s Galant Prix St. Georges and Intermediare I with scores over 70%


  • 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% on Sagerdeern


  • 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%
  • Competed Sagerdeern to wins in FEI 6-year-old classes


  • Champion – USEF/Collecting Gaits National Dressage Championship Brentina Cup
  • 70% average for Brentina Cup qualifiers
  • Undefeated in all qualifying shows with Olivier

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
  • NAYRC Team Member – 2003
  • NAYRC Team Member – 2002


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