Meet Liesbeth Milan: dressage rider, instructor, judge, equestrian lifestyle blogger and stylish equestrian.
Liesbteh grew up in a real horse family where everyone was very active in showjumping. She’s from Belgium and when she was growing up Belgium was quite the pioneer when it comes to the breeding and development of showjumping horses, so this seemed to be the most logical place to start her riding career.
She started riding at a very your age (6) and absolutely LOVED racing through the woods and jumping with her ponies. She has always had quite the competitive mindset and really had to adjust her ‘happy go lucky’ riding style in order to perform her best at competitions. At 18 she wanted to take her riding even more seriously and took a holiday job at a dressage stable. Here is where she was introduced to the higher levels and intricacies of dressage riding and training and had the opportunity to work with a variety of Grand Prix level horses. This was the real start of her long time love affair with the sport of dressage.
After finishing her law degree (!), she went to work as an intern with a few different dressage trainers throughout Europe to gain as much experience as possible and learn all about the different training techniques including classical dressage training.
Liesbeth loves analysing, reviewing and discussing the wide variety of styles and techniques in dressage and the logical next step for her, was to get her dressage judging certificate when she was 25 years old. She now combines judging with training her own horses and teaching others. The combination of these 3 different perspectives (Judge – Rider – Trainer) gives her a very broad view on what the sport of dressage truly entails.
“she manages to be successful in all aspect of equestrian sport while prioritising the well being of the horse and training in true classical dressage style”
“Equestrianism has been evolving a lot in recent years and everything is being professionally performed on top, so it’s nice to be able to be a small part of it.”