David Sheerin BHSI presents Elizabeth Allen with her BHS Stage 5 Performance Coach award at the 2018 British Horse Society Convention - Hartpury Arena, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom - 26 March 2018
Collective Equestrian is celebrating another coup this month, after Elizabeth (Liza) Allen was awarded her Stage 5 Performance Coach in Complete Horsemanship (formerly known as BHSI qualification) at the BHS International Convention at Hartpury.
“To be awarded the certificate at such an event as the BHS International Convention was a wonderful reminder about what an achievement this is and that it is such a highly respected award! It is a very special reminder about how far I have come and what I have achieved so far, thanks to the help of so many, since my stage 1 exam 11 years ago!” Says Liza.
At just 25, Liza is one of the youngest equestrian professionals to achieve this well-regarded accreditation. The Stage 5 is a gruelling course which requires the coach to demonstrate proven ability across all three Olympic disciplines, creating a pathway to teach and train horses to British Dressage Advanced Medium, British Showjumping Foxhunter and British Eventing Intermediate.
In addition to riding and coaching at this senior level, Liza was also required to demonstrate a broad knowledge of all aspects of business management and stable management, which includes horse health, care of competition horses and breeding and management of young horses.
Liza has been teaching since the age of 16, and at Collective Equestrian from the beginning, over two and a half years ago. As per the original ethos behind the Collective brand, Liza is increasingly involved in delivering stable management training to other equestrian professionals coming up through the ranks – in addition to helping clients expand their personal knowledge of the current best equestrian practice in terms of horse care. 
Commenting on her new qualification, Liza says, “I’m delighted to have achieved my Stage 5 so early on in my career. Anyone in the equestrian industry will remember the stereotypical riding instructor, whose views on how to achieve best results were firmly entrenched and who typically paid scant regard to any alternative strategies. The Stage 5 is all about acknowledging fresh thinking, adapting your training to incorporate the very latest techniques and taking on board the learnings from other related disciplines, for example sports psychology. At Collective we like to be at the forefront of ‘what’s hot and what’s not’ so that our clients and horses, benefit from the most up to date practice.” 
Not one to rest on her laurels, Liza has already got her sights set on two further challenges, to become a Fellow of the BHS, as well as a British Dressage Accredited Judge. Watch this space! 
*Image credit Jon Stroud Media