Liz Halliday admits she’s not one to spend too much time in the past, but after a very “transitional” 2023, she’s taken the time to reflect on the changes in her life and the amazing horse power she has in her barn. Halliday topped the USEA leaderboard’s 2023 Bates USEA Lady Rider of the Year standings with results on 13 different horses from Novice to the CCI5*-L level.
While Liz Halliday had five rails in hand heading into this afternoon’s CCI4*-L show jumping at Galway Downs, she tried to stay focused on giving Cooley Nutcracker the best ride she could in the buzzy atmosphere of the main arena.
Liz Halliday didn’t exactly have the morning she was planning on before she hopped on Cooley Nutcracker for cross-country in the CCI4*-L at Galway Downs. Her first ride, Shanroe Cooley, had an awkward jump over fence 19a, a duck at the Land Rover Mission Vieho Water, and she wasn’t able to stay on.
Just four days ago, Liz Halliday was standing on the podium in Santiago, Chile, with a team silver medal around her neck. Now, she’s brought two of her promising Advanced horses to The Eventing Championships at Galway Downs for the U.S. Equestrian Federation CCI4*-L Eventing National Championship, and she’s off to a good start, leading the division on Cooley Nutcracker.