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About Elizabeth

~ Greetings from Elizabeth ~

Hello!

I own and manage Fox Run Farm in Cadiz, Kentucky, a dressage and eventing facility.  I designed and built Fox Run Farm, which was established in 1986.  I instruct, teach clinics, board horses, train, compete and enjoy buying and selling horses for riders and owners.  It is my hope that Fox Run Farm gives my students and others the opportunity to love horses and riding and as much joy as the sports of Dressage and Eventing have given  me.

I grew up in Michigan, riding and competing in local shows, both western, english and jumping.  I moved to Kentucky to attend college and graduated from Murray State University.  While attending Murray State, I competed on the Intercollegiate riding team in Stock Seat, Hunt Seat and Over Fences.  I later returned to graduate school where I taught in the Equine Science program and coached the Intercollegiate Riding Team.

It was also during my college years that I discovered my true passion in life, Eventing.  Not having been exposed to Eventing or Dressage as a teen, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the World Championships in Eventing at the newly constructed Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky in 1978.  It was then that I knew what I was destined to do ~ compete in Three Day Eventing!

After attending college and purchasing my first Event prospect, a gray Quarter Horse named 'The Gray,' I was blessed to meet and begin riding with classical German dressage instructor, Ed Rothkranz.  Ed rode international open jumpers in Germany as a young man and later moved to Canada where he competed on the Canadian Olympic Dressage Team.  Weekly trips to Rhineland Stud to ride with Ed provided an opportunity to ride FEI level horses and develop a love and respect for dressage during the same time I was on fire with Eventing.   

After riding and competing at the lower levels on my own, I finally found High Meadows Farm in Vienna, Illinois where upper level eventer Alexandra "Po" Tatham and her family ran an eventing facility that offered competition through Intermediate.  Another stroke of luck found international eventer Ralph Hill stationed at the facility for a while and that was the beginning of many years of fine instruction and coaching. 

After a succession of making horses that took me through Preliminary Horse Trials, I found my partner, Hello Stranger, when he was 10 years old and retired from steeplechasing and flat racing.  With the tutelage of Ed in dressage and Ralph and Po in eventing, Stranger and I rode through the ranks of the Event world.  Stranger was a dressage project at best to begin with but he had the look of eagles and a jump to match.  Our first 3-Day Event was at the Kentucky Horse Park where we placed 15th in the Preliminary 1 Star.  Upon realizing that Stranger really could jump the moon, we set our sights on the Radnor Intermediate 2 Star.  After successful runs in Intermediate in Middleburg, Virginia and the Kentucky Horse Park, the highlight of our Eventing career was indeed competing at the Intermediate 2 Star division at the Radnor Hunt International 3-Day Event.

After Radnor, Stranger was old enough to retire, which he did. He lived out his days at Fox Run Farm and taught countless students, young and old, to ride and jump and to enjoy the passion of cross country.  

I currently have two competition horses.  My Dominique is a little Rhineland warmblood with a tremendous amount of talent and the personality of a comedian.  After making a career of making all my own event horses, I fnally found and purchased a made event horse in Australia~ Rickey who has also competed through Intermediate.  I also have Quincy, my faithful school horse whom I have owned for 19 years and who everyone adores.  I always have some sales horses, some wonderful boarders and some horses in training. 

Despite the joys of competing, which I truly love, I also love to teach and try to share the knowlege I have gained with others who also love horses.  I have had the privilege of teaching many, many students and also training, buying and selling countless horses.  I really enjoy matching owners and horses and finding that special partnership.  Thoughout the years, I have learned so much from so many others and from all types  and levels of horses.   Although the horse world is filled with hard work, long hours, disappointment, heartache, falls and large doses of humble pie, it has also offered a life-time of friendships, equine love affairs, heart stopping moments, thrills, beautiful people and horses and experiences that cannot be fully or adequately described or explained.  Watching the light bulb go on in a student's head, flying over a fence that you once thought impossible, feeling the wonder of piaffe or passage, hearing your horses nicker at you when you walk in the barn and sharing quiet moments with friends - equine and human - well, only a horse person would understand. 

So, I hope to get to meet you if you haven't been to Fox Run already and I hope we can get together for some more fun if you have!  Fox Run Farm is a wonderful place, for people and horses.  Come join us for a lesson, a camp, a clinic, a show, or just for a good laugh.

For the many joys and opportunities I have been given,  I have God to thank.  May He also bless you and keep you ~  Elizabeth

P.S. In my spare time, I am also employed by the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice as a full time juvenile worker where I work with delinquent teens and gang members.  I am also the Executive Director of the Glory Outreach Program, a mission program I started to help the children in the bush country of Jamaica attend school (please see the link to Glory Outreach on this site).  When I can sit still long enough to breathe, I also love to spend time with my pooches, Jodi and Roo.


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