Elizabeth’s life with horses began as a youngster involved in the United States Pony Club. She has always been equally fulfilled riding, grooming or companioning with her horse herd. Elizabeth developed herself through yoga, chiropractic work to heal an injury, mindfulness training, and meditation. This led to an awareness of how interwoven her physical experiences and her emotional and stress responses are to one another. With time, she saw echoes of the same connections of body, mind, and spirit emerging within the horses around her.
Elizabeth witnessed horses and their human companions’ struggles to improve performance and health while remaining contented and sound. By being attentive, she became aware of what horses can teach us about the power of subtlety, connection, and presence. Her horse teachers have included Morgans, Thoroughbreds, Percheron crosses, Mustangs, and Rocky Mountain Horses and involved trail riding, jumping, and dressage. Her interests led her to study equine nutrition, anatomy, conditioning, and general wellness, as well as to become a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner (MMCP).
As a MMCP, Elizabeth continues to be struck by the gentleness and effectiveness of The Masterson Method® techniques that Jim Masterson developed. Over an intensive eighteen month certification process, Elizabeth learned and practiced the techniques, as well as the “touch” and “presence” that makes them so powerful. The certification process began with a Weekend Seminar, followed by a 5-Day Seminar – both led by Jim Masterson and then an Equine Anatomy Course. Those were followed by an extensive Field Work program consisting of 30 case studies, detailed write-ups and multiple hands-on, individual coaching courses led by Masterson Method coaching staff. Then, the capstone course involved working directly with Jim for multiple days at various barns to further refine her techniques. She found The Masterson Method® value of working “with” the horse, instead of “on” it to be inspiring. Throughout the certification process, the thoroughness of the training program and the support provided by a team of mentors and coaches were invaluable.
Elizabeth continues her education by being a Masterson Method coach, through monthly professional check-in calls with the Masterson team as well as attending conferences, clinics, workshops, collaborating with other equine professionals and bodyworkers (e.g. chiropractors, myofascial release bodyworkers) and tackling a lengthy reading list.
As a trainer and bodyworker Elizabeth brings compassion, harmony, and connection to horses and their people, encouraging them to move differently in the world. This work, combined with continuous study, provides a holistic approach leading to improved relationships, health, and performance.
Elizabeth received her Master’s degree in leadership studies from North Central College, a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College, is a certified yoga instructor, and a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner.