Elizabeth grew up locally near Glastonbury and was bought her first pony when she was two and half and has been riding ever since! As a child she was a member of the Mendip Pony Club and then the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale, taking part in all pony club activities as well as showing and some dressage, too. The turning point came when, age 13, Sally Bell offered Elizabeth the ride on her 12.3hh former FEI dressage pony Cotterill Goldcrest (Bart) and gave her an insight in to the world of dressage. It was through Sally that Elizabeth found her first horse Holme Grove Bardot, who had previously been a broodmare and had also hunted several seasons with the Blackmore Vale. Together they learnt and progressed from Novice to Advanced Level as well as being selected for Junior National Training in 2009.
Elizabeth then spent several years based with Shena Kozuba Kozubska at Equi-Sense and started taking her BHS exams, After completing her A levels, Elizabeth worked in a couple of private dressage yards as well as completing her BHS AI and beginning the partnership with her next horse Don Dellero (Lexi), who together they won the Area Festival Novice Open Final in 2012, as well as competing in the Advanced Medium Restricted regionals later that Summer.
Then Elizabeth spent the next year completing her British Dressage Advanced Apprenticeship with Anna Ross at Altogether Equestrian. In the summer of 2013, Elizabeth moved to the Talland School of Equitation to train for her BHS II. She also started to look after Jonny’s horses, as well as horses for Vivian Chang, a member of the Taiwanese dressage team. At Talland, Elizabeth became one of Talland's Intermediate Coaches, as well as riding and competing several liveries for their owners. In 2014, she was a semi finalist in the BD Young Professionals Award with the following couple of years seeing plenty of good results – including top ten placings at the Regionals with Lexi, Fidelio and Delphi as well as qualifying for the 2015 National Championships with Fiddles at Elementary level. 2016 brought a new ride Pioneer Rosie belonging to Rachel Jones. Quickly forming a partnership they gained plenty of top ten placings at Small Tour level at each Premier League Show, including scored up to 72% in their first season together! Whilst with Lexi, they had wins at each Premier league show at Advanced Medium as well as top 3 placings at the Regionals. In 2017 Rosie stepped up to Intermedaire II and Under 25 Grand Prix level and they made their International Debut at Hickstead CDI at Under 25 Grand Prix level.
2018 saw 6yo's Harry and Frankie qualifying for the Novice Regionals - with Harry qualifying through to the National Championships. Frankie was 4th in the Interntational 6yo Young Horse Final held at Hickstead CDI, as well as scoring up to 72% at Advanced Medium level.
As their training developed 2019 was a very exciting year with both Harry and Frankie. Harry won the 7 year old selection trial at Bolesworth earning his place at the World Young Horse Breeding Championships in the Netherlands as well as qualifying for the Nationals at Advanced Medium. Along with Frankie they both stepped up to PSG.
Building from the Covid enforced training, a strong team headed into 2021, with top 10 placings for 5 horses at the Summer Regionals as well as selection for Keysoe CDI with Harry at Small Tour.
Frankie stepped up to Grand Prix in 2022, Indracarla comfortably moved up to the Premier Leagues at Small Tour. Whilst Harry competed in several more small tour internationals as well as at both the Winter and National Championships. With a Grand Prix debut on the horizon, a 5th place at the NexOne Young GP horse finals was an encouraging start. Away from the white boards, Liza also enjoyed placings at the BD Combined Training National Championships with Austin as well as a day off spent hunting with the Mendip Farmers and even team chasing!
Elizabeth has gained her UKCC3 and BHS I qualifications as well as being a BHS, Pony Club and BD accredited trainer.
In 2017, Elizabeth launched CollectiveTeamQuest. An U21 dressage team made up of a selection of her regular pupils to compete in the BD Quest Series. The original team ‘Collective Dreams’ was so successful there are now 3 further teams, ‘Collective Daydreams’ and ‘Collective Dreammakers’ and ‘Collective Dreamcatchers’. Qualifying each year for the Regional Championships as well as the National Championships in some years.
Sire: Bodyguard Moorland
Owner: Jonny Clarke-West
Sire: Cover Story
Damsire: Sir Sinclair
Owner: Bernard Mealing
Dam: Tirette VDL
Damsire: Silvano N
Owner: Elizabeth Allen
Sire: Van Vivaldi
Dam: Metaxa II
Owner: Elizabeth Allen