Dressage

Dressage

FITS Rider: Liz Austin

Ok, I have to be perfectly honest. I was one of those people who looked at FITS and said, "Eh, the butt looks funny." I used to be a total designer- European breeches girl. Then I was given a pair this spring and LOVED them. They are the most comfortable breech I have ever worn. I love their light weight and the natural leather material on the seat. Added bonus- my boyfriend loves them, too! He prefers the "look" of the FITS breeches to that of regular breeches. That sold me!

Liz Austin

Lives In: Williston, Vermont
DOB: 1984
Horses:

Olivier, Coltrane

Twenty-seven-year-old Liz Austin has been a dressage competitor since 1989 (she began competing when she was only five years old). 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 pleasure of working with some of the greatest riders and trainers in the world, including a two month stay in Germany working with US Team Coach Klaus Balkenhol. Other trainers Liz had had the opportunity towork with include Conrad Schumacher, Lendon Gray, Tuny Page, JenniferBaumert, Ulla Salzgeber, Carol Lavell, Michael Poulin, Hubertus Schmidt, Ulf Moller, Ingrid Klimke, Michael Klimke and Lisa Wilcox.

Currently competing internationally with Olivier, Liz has had a banner yearin 2011 including wins and placings at four CDIs in Florida, being invitedto ride in the 2011 World Dressage Masters and is currently on the USEF "B" Team at Grand Prix. She was also the reserve rider for the 2011 FEI World Cup.