Elisabeth Austin and Oliver Continue to Win at Green Mountain Dressage
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Austin credits Michael Barisone for much of her recent success, "Michael helped Fizzy and me so much in Florida. We would trail ride over to his farm a few times a week for lessons and he came with me to the shows. This was my first show without him so before my test I went through a checklist in my head of all the things I needed to remember. I think he would have been quite pleased with our effort!"
Austin says she hopes to compete in the August and September CDIs at Saugerties but says she won't make the trip to Devon this year because of school. "I will already be missing a week for the NEDA CDI, so Devon just isn't feasible. Once I finish the semester in December I will head to Florida and compete in some of the CDIs down there, thanks to the support of a new sponsor, Renee Isler. Renee approached me about sponsorship after I donated a free clinic, three days of training/board and a breeding to Olivier for her silent auction benefiting Junior and Young Riders. As soon as I saw the program I jumped at the chance to offer items for the silent auction. Giving back to a community that has been so infulential in my life is incredible important to me. We have similar beliefs when it comes to developing younger riders and I'm looking forward to working with Renee in the future."