Elizabeth Solter, Amberly Farm (Rider for "Roxdene" considered to be the "Hunter of the Century")
Lizzy has always had a maturity beyond her years. She is a quick learner…able to take many different instructions at once. She can accomplish a good deal more than an average student in a given session since she can take in a lot at once, and we can work on improving not only her but also her horse. Her horse’s well-being is always foremost in her mind, and she understands that everything she does has an effect on her horse. Beyond her attitude is her ability. Lizzy was born with a natural feel to ride, which is something you really cannot teach.
Heather Holleman, Writer of "Living with Flair"
Our afternoon with Lizzy Traband…..My daughters are nervous to meet her. Lizzy was featured in American Girl magazine, and it feels like we’re meeting a celebrity. Once they meet her, there’s nothing to worry about. She’s offering treats and friendship at the first encounter.
For a whole afternoon, the girls follow Lizzy around. You don’t notice that she has one hand: she’s cleaning out stalls, feeding her horses, and performing tricks with her pony, Puddles. The whole time, Lizzy’s teaching me all about her technique called Taiji Horsemanship. It’s a method. Her principles are simple: kindness, stillness, communication, simplicity. She teaches that “failure is a requirement of success” and that “you need a plan so you can ride with purpose.”
Lizzy takes her time, steps back, and revisits simple rules. She lives out her own method.
As we drink lemonade together in the barn, I think more about what I’ve observed here: Kindness, stillness, communication, and simplicity between horse and rider. It’s not just about horses; I realize the power of these principles in mothering and friendship. I think about a writer’s relationship to her own words or a photographer’s interaction with the natural world.
I move out across the landscape more quietly, more kindly. With this kind of stillness and simplicity, the colors do indeed seem all the more vibrant.