FAQs

Q?HOW DID YOU LOOSE YOUR HAND?
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This was how I was born

Q?DO YOU FEEL THAT IT AFFECTS YOUR RIDING?
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It is hard to say, because this is all that I know.  My mom says the best riders ride by feel, where the horse is naturally balanced underneath you.  Many riders balance on their hands and the horse than balances on the bit making it impossible for them to perform at the top of their game.  I believe that I can do anything I set out to do.  Maybe I just have to work a little harder or smarter, but this isn’t such a bad thing

Q?HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU FIRST WORKED WITH TOMMIE? 
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I was seven years old.

Q?WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE HORSE?
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Thats hard, because I really love every horse that I ride,  but Toby and Rosie have a very special place in my heart.  i have had Toby forever. Everyone thinks he is easy, but he isn’t.  He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body, but he makes you work for everything and can get very grumpy.  He has stopped at many a jump.  In addition, once he does his job, he expects to be put away.  He is not a pony that is tolerant of you practicing on him.  I love Rosie, because I wasn’t suppose to be moving to horses yet.  She is challenging to ride, but she loves me.

Q?DESCRIBE A DAY IN YOUR LIFE:
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Well I would love to describe a typical day but there is no such thing. On a day I don’t have school I start off at about 7:00 or 8:00. Than I normally ride 3 horses before lunch. I take a quick break than am back out again. From then on I normally ride or work [round pen, tricks, basic ground work] 2- 4 more horses.

Q?WHAT WAS THE FIRST TRICK YOU LEARNED TO DO WITH TOBY?
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The Bow on one knee

Q?WHAT IS THE HARDEST TRICK TO LEARN?
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Truthfully the hardest trick is teaching the horse to stand still. It may seem simple but does your horse always stand were you ask it to. The next hardest trick is probably to jump over fire because of the smell.

Q?WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TRICK?
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Bridleless, this is my favorite trick because there are so many things that you must do in order to reach that steep. So once you’ve reached that steep you know you have done it and all the hard work has paid off.

Q?WHAT IS TOBY’S FAVORITE TRICK?
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I think Toby’s favorite trick is brideless. He is so good when ever he doesn’t have a bridle, he does flying changes and jumps great but as some as you put that bridle  back on he becomes very grumpy.

Q?WHAT IS THE TRICK TO TEACHING A HORSE TRICKS?
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Patience, I you have patience you can do most everything. Also knowing when to take steps forward and when to stop.

Q?WHAT IS YOUR MOST TREASURED MOMENT WITH TOBY?
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I remember the morning that Toby became a Breyer model. Typical Toby wouldn’t come in from the field then we finally got him at 7 after chasing him in the field. Toby was now a Breyer.

Q?DESCRIBE TOBY’S PERSONALITY:
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Ornery smart cute trouble maker he would come in the house and sleep with us if he could

Q?WHAT QUALITIES DOES A TRICK HORSE HAVE TO HAVE IN ORDER  TO BE USABLE FOR YOU?
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Any horse can be a trick horse as long as there in good health and at a good age. A good age would probably be between age 4- 11 but then again no matter thee age they have to be in good health. By that I mean ,good weight ,sound , semi strong mussels and particle in good health and is well maintained.

Q?WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TOBY’S BREYER?
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think it is amazing. Out of all the ponies and little girls in this country Toby was chosen. But I think the really cool thing is that Toby was a $800 cart tack and all auction pony and he’s a Breyer. I think that makes such a huge difference than going and buying a made up horse. Because my family and I  can say we raised that horse and were proud. It also says that every horse deservers a chance.

Q?WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF MUSIC?
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My favorite kind of music is pop music, but my favorite song is Me and my Gang.

Q?WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? OTHER THAN HORSES?
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I really enjoy art, swimming, and jumping on the trampoline. Then again there isn’t really much free time between homework and school but I’d rather be riding or playing with the horses anyway.

Q?WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL?
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Science, art  and writing

Q?HOW DO YOU GO TO SCHOOL AND MANAGE A PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE?
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We give the teachers/principle a notice about a month before the event and my grandmother tutors my on the road because she was a school teacher

Q?IF YOU COULD MEET ANY CELEBRITY IN THE WORLD WHO WOULD IT BE?
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Walt Disney, I would like to meet him, because I love the way he was so creative and keyed into every detail. Teddy Roosevelt, because of of commitment to creating state parks.

Q?WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL YOUR FANS?
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I would like to here all of your stories about your horses and ponies. So what you can do is go to www.SharingTaiji.com make an account and start to share you stories. Just ask your parents first a no bad comments on anybody’s stories. I can’t wait to hear your stories!  Lizzy

Q?TO Annette…..HOW DID YOU FIND TOBY?
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We were driving home from picking up a new trailer from Pittsburgh. I was asleep in the truck. My husband saw a sign for a horse auction. It was just small rural type auction. I wanted to stop, so we did. Toby was shorter than the stall fronts. when he saw me coming he knocked his bucket down and stood on it. He is one of the smartest animals I have ever worked with. I know owners like to give their animals human qualities, but he really is just smart. he has stared me down as i walked by to catch my attention. I paid an amish boy to jump on him and ride him over a hay bale and up and down a bank. He was broke only to pull a cart at that time. I told my husband I was buying that pony. He thought i was kidding, but I wasn’t. We found the owner who quoted us a price of 800 dollars, cart, cart tack and all. He was sold!

Q?TO Annette…..HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT LIZZY GETTING INVOLVED WITH TRICK RIDING?
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She doesn’t do the traditional trick riding of trick at high speed down a shoot. Her ponies are handled a lot and really well broke….so I really don’t get to concerned abut tricks and trick riding

Q?TO Annette…..DOES IT SCARE YOU TO WATCH ANY OF THE TRICKS SHE DOES? IF SO WHICH ONES?
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It does not scare me to watch any of the tricks she does. I do on occasion get a little nervous when she jumps the bigger horses, because they are bigger horse jumping much bigger fences. Lizzy really wants to show the big equitation divisions one day, so she rides all of the horses in our barn. But because she is small and they are big, it can be a little tough for her to get them packaged. A horse needs to be in front of your legs to canter quietly up to a jump and jump it with impulsion. She is a really good rider, but is still small. This is really the only time I get a little on edge.

Q?TO Annette…..WHAT ABOUT YOUR DAUGHTER ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF…..
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My daughter rides for all the right reasons…because she loves her horses and likes to be challenged and learn. Winning is easy. It is much more difficult to put yourself outside your comfort zone and potentially fail. It takes courage for most of us to really challenge ourselves and choose to change our course.

Lizzy definitely rides to her own agenda. She is incredibly dedicated, she knows that she wants to do and goes and does it.    She is constantly challenging herself. She accepts mistake as part of the learning process, learns from it and just keeps moving forward. She has goals and makes the choices she feels are going to best help her and her horses go after those goals and be in the long term best interest of her and her horses. Sh isn’t afraid of making mistakes or what anyone else thinks.

I’ll give you an example…… in 2008, when her pony came up lame, she had to select another mount for a 4-h roundup. I guessed she would select another one of her ponies that was consistently performing well at shows. She didn’t ….she wanted to ride Schoenrosa (Rosie). Rosie had been sold by our farm and had just come back after things did not go well. Unfortunately Rosie had lost a lot of weight, had become nervous and was getting quick and refusing jumps. Lizzy felt she needed TLC and needed to go right back into a better, kinder situation that would help her to get her confidence back. Lizzy had just starting riding horses and Rosie has always been a technical ride. I was reluctant, but after chatting with my husband we agreed to support the choice. We told Lizzy she could take her to the show, but we would have to play it by ear. If we felt it was not in her and the horses best interest to show once we got to the show that she would have to realize this could happen.

Rosie came back two days before roundup. At the start of the first day, the look of any thing resembling a jump rattled Rosie. Lizzy spent the two days grazing her and walk and trotting her gently over poles on a loose rein for hours on end.    When we arrived at the horse show, Lizzy gave her a lounge and then walked her around for a good hour or so, to let her settle into the day. She eased her into a very quiet warm-up, that included trotting a lot of poles on a loose rein. With Rosie relaxed we started to jump some small cross rails to prepare for the class. The first vertical we jumped Lizzy actually got popped out of the saddle, fell off and tour her breeches. This was the first time that Lizzy had actually jumped a jump on Rosie. She jumped a little rounder, than Lizzy was accustomed too.    Rosie stood quietly waiting for her to remount and they resumed their warm-up.

She went into the class torn breeches and all ….both her and Rosie cool as a cucumber. They put in a lovely hack and proceeded to jump two jump out of a perfect rhythm to win the Hunter hack Class class. On a side note….They went on to be reserve champions at the pennsylvania state 4-H horse show in October and were champions at the 4-H state show this past fall in the working hunters, but more important than this ….Lizzy now rides and jumps Rosie anywhere and everywhere bridleless. Within several months of first riding her, Rosie became Lizzy’s bridleless jumping exhibition horse.

Lizzy now uses Rosie for a nighttime performance routine at expos around the country. As for her show career, she is back at the top of her game, but Lizzy has decided that it is no longer necessary for Rosie to show. She just shows her every now and again for fun, but is most happy grazing her, seeing her happy again and riding around the farm bridleless.
Toby was sort of a similar story. Toby was one of the first ponies Lizzy jumped. She could trot jumps all day, but when she would canter jumps, she was so little that there wasn’t much she could do if Toby decided to stop. Her little legs barely touched his side. Well he figured this out and dropped her at quite a few jumps. Instead of getting upset at him, she just decided that we needed to change his job. This was when she asked if we could take him to Tommie to teach him tricks. She insisted that because he had knocked down the bucket and stood on it when we bought him, that tricks was what he should be doing. So we contacted Tommie, met up with him at a camping trip and have been training and performing with him ever since. Interestingly enough at the time she approached Tommie about helping her, he really didn’t work with kids, particularly one 7 years old. He asked Lizzy how many times she had fallen off……she responded too many to count. We learned later that this was a key turning point in his decision to work with her.

So when asked what I am most proud of my daughter for…i guess I would have to say …I am most proud of her ability to have the courage to go after her own agenda. She dreams big and goes after her dreams. She is able to embrace both success and failure always staying true to herself in pursuit of what is important to her. I hope this quality stays with her through her entire life.

Q?TO Annette…..WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE TOBY BREYER MODEL?
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I love it. Honesty, every time I think about it it makes me laugh. Toby is an awesome pony. He has so much personality, but he is also really ornery. I still can’t believe he is a Breyer model……My daughter has always had her own agenda….and sometimes i look at him and think he has always known exactly where he wanted to be and what he should be doing. He has thoroughly embraced the role of Breyer pony.

Q?TO Annette…..WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE EVENT?
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That is hard to say…..Breyerfest was amazing, but we also really enjoy all the expos that we attend. I have spent most of my life in the competition world. The thing I love best about expos is that people love their horses so much. They buy them crazy colored saddle pads and funky halters and tie dye polos.    I have enjoying working with my daughter to bring education and entertainment to expos, because I enjoy helping, talking to and being around people who own horses for the pure joy and love of their animals.

Q?TO Annette…..DESCRIBE YOUR DAUGHTERS PERSONALITY?
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Lizzy is a young child with an “old sole” She is very quiet and deliberate in everything she does. She isn’t a big talker and doesn’t say much, but she observes, hears and feels everything going on around her. She is prefers to be at home riding or making something versus going shopping or out to eat. She loves to create. She likes things that are bright and fun. Her recently redecorated room is yellow and lime green with many rainbow colored items. She loves her animals!
I was amazed the first time she spoke in front of a group. She was at ease, logical and funny. I was surprised, because she has always been a very quiet child and is in school as well!

Q?TO Annette…..DESCRIBE TOBY’S PERSONALITY?
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Toby is smart…cute…funny…and at times rotten. He kinds of reminds of the little brother that is annoying, but you can’t help but love. He loves attention and has so much personality. He was a wonderful first pony, because he has always had quirks, but he has never been unsafe, except his occasional stop at the jumps. He has never kicked or bitten anyone and he has doesn’t buck or rear……he just makes you work for everything. He isn’t a mean pony…he is just a typical pony in that he much prefers peppermints and attention over exerting himself

Q?TO Annette….THING I AM MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
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My animals and my friends!

Q?TO Annette….DESCRIBE A DAY IN YOUR LIFE: 
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During the school year…..first thing in the morning, I check in at the barn, Then I workout …run, swim, bike for an 30-60 minutes. Then most of the day I do administrative stuff…calls, email computer work. Between 2 and 4 I head back out to the barn. Then I am teaching or riding until 8 or 10 at night. Lizzy gets home around 4 and starts riding at this time. She usually rides 1-4 a day depending on homework and weather.

Q?TO Annette….WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY AND BACKGROUND WITH HORSES. …
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http://www.carouselfarmllc.com/Meet_Annette.html

Q?TO Annette…..CAN YOU DO ANY TRICKS ON HORSEBACK?
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I used to dive and do gymnastics recreationally….I can still do most of the crazy things I did on horseback ……liking backflipping off their croup onto the ground, but I don’t because I had back surgery 5 years ago.  I can do most of the things Lizzy does, but choose not to on most days. I am strong and fit and feel great but choose not to really push the envelope in an effort to stay healthy.

Q?TO Annette…..HOW DOES LIZZY HANDLE THE PRESSURES OF CELEBRITY AND HOW DO YOU KEEP HER GROUNDED?
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Lizzy is very grounded. She is expected to manage the care of her horses….i.e. vet, blacksmith, feed, grooming, clipping, conditioning, etc. I help her and we consult daily, but she really is the key manager of her animals. We do not travel with a groom. I help her , but she is expected to take the lead in their care.In addition, she is in blended schooling. She is tutored when we travel and goes to school when we are home. She has three main friends. There is Tara, who goes to her school, they love to make things together. Tara only rides when she is with Lizzy. She has two friends, Gabby and Sierra, 2 and 3 hours away, that both ride and show. They get together whenever they can. They rode in some videos she is making. We have a great group of college kids that ride with us at the farm. they are like family. We have impromptu dinner and movie night. They often times travel with us as well. Lizzy only travels with family…mostly me and my mm. When home, we don’t leave the farm much, except to compete and perform and run the occasional errand. We eat dinner as a family. We have our daily routine. She leads a pretty normal life.