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Ask Lillie Keenan : Whith who have you trained and how did you choose their system?

Ask Lillie Keenan : Whith who have you trained and how did you choose their system?
Hi David,

I have taken clinics with various professionals but in terms of training at a show stable I have only been with two different programs.
Starting when I was 7 until I was 19, I rode at Heritage Farm with Andre Dignelli and Patricia Griffith. As a junior in America, I truly believe they have the best system. I started there on ponies and moved up into my first year competing at the professional level and a Nation's Cup Team. My mom rode as a junior and then left the sport for a number of years. When it became clear that I wanted to ride and compete, she reached out to two of her friends in the sport - Joe Fargis and Conrad Homfeld - and they encouraged her to bring me to Heritage.

Then I moved to Karlswood Stables to ride with Cian O'Connor and his team. I chose this program because I wanted to be exposed to a European system and really get out of my comfort zone to push myself. It was clear that Cian and his team were able to not only develop all kinds of horses and improve them with a clear emphasis on proper care, but also be competitive at the highest level - two things that are very important to me. Thanks for the question!

Lillie