Here’s a snippet of some of the client feedback Hillgrove Stud have received over the years…
After Lily came to her new home with me Liz gave me lessons on her so we could develop our bond and our confidence in each other has continued to grow. Liz knows her stuff and is a great teacher, she pushes you but knows your limits and I know that if she says I can do something I definitely can.
If anyone was thinking of buying off Liz and Max I would tell them that you can totally trust what they tell you, I know they only sell their horses to the right owners. As for riding lessons, I'm pretty sure I will be having Liz to give me lessons for a long time, they are fab!
Her stable manners are perfect, she will stand while I climb on from the mounting block or gate and has so much confidence that she is happy to be left on the yard whilst other horses go out and will hack round home on her own or school in the field with everything going on around her. She is happy to work in the school or field with the dressage markers out and is jumping quite happily over a small course already.We are booked in for our first walk and trot test in a couple of weeks which is very exciting and I would not hesitate in sending any of my horses to this lovely couple who have given Eve a great start to her ridden career.
I am currently undertaking Dressage training three times per week with Liz Williams. Since purchasing my new horse, Double D, I have trained exclusively with Liz at her base where I am also lucky enough to keep my horse. Each lesson, there has been significant improvement, in both the horse’s way of going and in my riding.
When I came to Liz, I was rather rusty after having taken a sabbatical from competition dressage. Very quickly, Liz got me back on track and also corrected my tendency to override the more advanced movements. She has made each lesson thoroughly enjoyable and has taught according to the scales of training. As I am a trainee judge, I have found Liz’s teaching to be hugely knowledgeable and informative; I feel she has not only helped to improve my horse and myself but has also helped educate me further regarding judging. Liz has been very keen to nurture my interest in dressage, and she has kindly invited me to accompany her to the Wood lander Stud, where I was able to learn more about the mechanics of the dressage horse. I have also learnt a great deal from watching Liz warm up at competitions and competing.
What is most striking about Liz’s teaching is the depth of her subject knowledge. I consider myself to be reasonably well informed with regard to the training of dressage horses, however Liz’s breadth of knowledge has astounded me. She has a huge teacher’s toolkit to delve into, and each lesson is clearly planned with clear goals. Liz is very emphatic with my horse, who is a talented but ‘hot’ mare. Liz has been consistently kind and considerate in her training and I truly believe that my horse is a ‘happy athlete’ under Liz’s instruction. Liz appears to have a genuine interest in the progression of my dressage career and sets short, medium and long term goals.
With Liz’s encouragement, I entered my first dressage competition after eight weeks of owning my horse and twenty lessons with Liz. I have never competed at Medium level before, and was initially wary of the big step up from Elementary. With Liz’s support however, I entered the Medium 63 at Summerhouse, Gloucestershire and was thrilled to win the class on 72.76%, gaining 8,8,7,8 for my collectives. Whilst in the ring, my usual nerves evaporated and my careful training and preparation with Liz took over. It is worth mentioning that I have not broken the 70% barrier before at either Novice or Elementary level.
Liz is an articulate, well educated, friendly and considerate trainer. I look forward to progressing my dressage career further with Liz’s guidance.
Mrs Rebecca Vale