Success Stories

This website is a new one for us. After more than 35 years of training, Elizabeth is gathering stories and pics to put here from many of her past as well as current students and of horses she either sold or had in training at some point. She will adding more soon. Feel free to contact her if you would like to be included!

Ludmilla Harvey and Ladylike win their division at Warhorse

Ludmilla Harvey and Ladylike won a division of the GAG at the Warhorse series at the Carolina Horse Park under the tutelage of Karen MaHaffey. Ludmilla bought Ladylike from Elizabeth two years ago and lives in Sanford where Karen’s barn is based. Karen has done a super job getting these two to become a solid team as exemplified by this result and this fun video of the two of them kicking butt through a gymnastic line!

 

Fran Castle and “Florence”, a 7-year-old KWPN mare

Fran Castle came to Elizabeth and Victory Hill in May of 2016. Fran had been riding in the hunter and jumper world for 20+ years and with the retirement of her adult amateur hunter horse”Rudy”, she wanted to make the change to dressage. So the search began to find Fran a suitable horse and at the end of May in Aiken, SC at Justine Wilson’s Breezy Hill South farm they found her dream horse;
Florence (Flo) who was imported from the Netherlands in February 2016 and then made her way to Breezy Hill South. Her sire, KPWN Special D, stands at Justine’s farm and he is sired by Metall. Flo’s dam is by Gribaldi and so she has excellent breeding lineage. Fran and Flo’s goals over the coming years are to obtain a solid foundation and then move up the levels and show off her sweet and smart mare’s true potential. Accomplishments last year included Elizabeth showing Flo at 1st level and qualifying for the Regional 1 finals in the Open division. Fran at her 1st dressage show last year (Harvest Moon – Carolina Horse Park) received a score of 64% at training level. Watch for them at the shows soon!

Diane Doub and “Prestige”

 

In the fall of 2012 Diane Doub contacted Elizabeth to help her find her next dressage mount. Her goal was to earn her USDF Bronze Medal and to have a safe a fun mount to learn on and enjoy a partnership with. We found “Prestige” who was in training with “S” judge Tami Batts in Greensboro shortly thereafter and bought him to the farm at the end of October that year. Though Diane had schooled on her previous horse in Canada through 2nd level, she had not had the opportunity to compete him very much, as he turned out to be larger than expected at 18 hds. and so Diane made the difficult decision to sell him. Diane and Prestige have been well-suited to one another with them slowly gaining confidence at the shows together and earning her scores at 1st and 2nd level. They are now planning to continue at 2nd and begin showing at 3rd level this season. They just returned from a fun schooling trip to Aiken, SC.

 

 

Alison Coyle

At age 10 Alison got her first pony, “Stormy Weather.” Though she started out doing hunt seat, she soon decided to come ride with Elizabeth at V.H.F. And switch her focus first to eventing and then to primarily dressage.

Alison earned her USDF bronze medal on Stormy at the age of 14, competed in both Region One and BLM championships, and qualified for the National Dressage Seat Equitation Championships by winning the Reserve championship in Region One. She then went on to finish 8th in the country at the National finals, and was also the highest scoring competitor in the FEI Pony test at the Lendon Gray youth dressage festival in 2007, with Stormy winning the Seldom Scene trophy.

In late 2008 Elizabeth found Alison a new mount, “Bariton,” with whom she could be competitive in the FEI Junior division. In 2009 she represented the Bronze medal winning FEI Junior Region 1 team at the North American Junior Young Rider Championships, and also  finished eleventh in the nation at the Festival of Champions in Gladstone, in that same division.

After graduating from high school in 2010 she took a year off from school to train with USEF Pan American Gold medal team member, Cesar Parra at Performance Farms (based in NJ and FLA). She then returned home to attend NCSU in 2011 and earned her USDF silver medal on Bariton before selling him to Barbara Jacobs. She is a recent graduate of NCSU where she was the captain of the dressage team. Congrats Alison!