Liz Piacentini rode hunters as a kid before competing in combined training and hunter paces as an adult. Today, she resides in Western Massachusetts, USA, and participates in area dressage shows and clinics with her Canadian Horse, Du Coteau Dandy Lyrical.
Liz attended clinics conducted by Daniel Stewart and became inspired by his positive method of teaching riders MENTAL FITNESS to compliment the TECHNICAL SKILLS they learn from their trainers. She found his techniques particularly helpful for her own journey of rebuilding confidence after injury and managing show nerves. Liz completed his Pressure Proof certification course and became one of his Certified Equestrian Sport Psychology Presenters.
In 2019, she completed additional training through the Academy for Brain Health and Performance and became an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning through PATH International in 2020.
Liz enjoys sharing educational sport psychology tools to help ORDINARY riders become EXTRA-ORDINARY! Through her seminars and workshops, riders learn how to develop a positive mindset, increase focus, build confidence and tackle show jitters. And, most of all, maximize the enjoyment they experience with their horses!
Professionally, Liz spent over 25 years in the event industry coordinating conferences, catered events, and professional speakers. Her most satisfying moments were spent designing and teaching various professional development programs. A particular favorite was a course Liz presented to meeting professionals, preparing them for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) exam.
Currently, Liz serves as the Eastern U.S. Liaison for the Canadian Horse Heritage & Preservation Society, (CHHAPS). She enjoys coordinating the CHHAPS trade show booth at Equine Affaire in W. Springfield, MA. Liz, and a group of passionate Canadian horse lovers, raise awareness of this endangered breed by presenting a breed demo, booth, and informational talk about the National Horse of Canada.