Lisa has been a professional trainer and competitor for over 25 years. Born and raised in Michigan, she was owner and head trainer of Banbury Cross Farm in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 1985 until 2000. Lisa taught and competed in Eventing and Dressage, training primarily during this time with Bodo Hangen and Maryal Barnett. She also trained and competed in Florida with Patrick Burssens. In 1995, Lisa was named Michigan Combined Training Association Professional of the Year. After deciding to head east, Lisa moved her business in 2000 to the Westchester County area and is currently located at Pleasant View Farm in Brewster, NY and additionally in White Fences, Loxahatchee, FL during the winter months.
In 1998, Lisa began training regularly with her mentor, four-time Olympic Coach Henk van Bergen(NED.) His humane, fair, clear and realistic teachings have had a profound effect on her riding and training methodology. To this day, Henk continually confirms her training methods by always being able to provide insightful feedback and correct problem solving using the Training Scale. Lisa also trains year round with Lars Petersen(DEN) and has worked with Gary Vander Ploeg(CDA).
In 2015, Lisa and Leeda Fletcher’s “Baryshnikov” were selected for the Adequan/USDF-FEI Level Trainer’s conference in Wellington, FL featuring Stephen Clarke. Lisa has been selected as a NEDA Symposium demo rider for Christoph Hess, Henk van Bergen and for Monica Theodorescu with Michael Klimke. Over the years, she has participated in clinics with Steffen Peters, Jane Savoie, Charles DeKunffy, Paul Belasik, Sue Blinks, Ellen Bontje, Siegfried Peilicke, Imke Schillekens-Bartels, and Bo Jena, among others.
Lisa Pierson is a regular contributor to both USDF Connection and Dressage Today magazines. She has attended USDF Instructor Symposiums given by Major Anders Lindgren, Hubertus Schmidt, Debbie McDonald, Klaus Balkenhol, Steffen Peters and Kyra Kyrklund.
In 2010, Lisa completed the USDF Instructor Certification through Fourth Level, and is a graduate of the USDF “L” Program. She is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist, and has won several Championships and Reserve Championships in Regions 2 and 8.