H&C’s Masterclass series with American riders continues this September with eventer Liz Halliday-Sharp.
Making it fun
The California-born, Britain-based rider shares her top training tips while riding the six-year-old Cooley Copresenter, who has won three events in 2018. She explains how she trains the young horse to jump skinnies and what exercises at home can help horses gain knowledge and confidence that they can put to good use when out competing.
She explains how the exercises translate into learnings when there is limited space on the property to train them.
“I think the really important thing is to make skinnies training — and any sort of cross-country questions — fun for the horses,” she says. “So we try and teach them early on that they learn to jump through the flags and to have a nice time with it.”
Liz is not only an international three-day eventer who has competed at CCI4* level, but she is also a professional racing driver in sportscar and GT endurance disciplines.
After many years of contesting both sports, Liz recently began dedicating more time to her eventing pursuits, with the ultimate ambition of one day representing the USA at the Olympic Games, Pan-American Games and World Championships. Liz now has equestrian bases in both the UK and USA.
Chailey Stud Equestrian Centre in East Sussex and Horsepower Equestrian in Ocala, Florida. Over the past few years, Liz has enjoyed wins and top results up to and including three-star level competitions across both continents, helping her to become an established member of the USEF High Performance training list.
Sign up to Horse & Country to watch Liz’s Barn Talk episode on Saturday September 8 at 9pm, immediately followed at 9.30pm EST by Liz’s exclusive Masterclass.