Born into a family of Australian Stock Horse breeders, it comes as no surprise that Lisa Martin has carved out a successful career as an international dressage competitor and coach.
Lisa started riding when she was about five years old, her parents had Stock Horses and played Polocrosse as well as owning Thoroughbreds. Lisa was exposed to many of the equine disciplines, from Polocrosse, Hacking at the Royals, Cross Country, Show Jumping and Dressage, when Lisa finally decided to concentrate on Dressage. At age16 Lisa represented Australia at Grand Prix in NZ at the Horse of the year show with a horse named Conquistador, and placed third. Conquistador and Lisa had many successful competitions including CDIs and Nationals. Lisa considers herself extremely lucky over the years to have owned and bred many special horses including her recent horse First Famous who she imported from Germany five years ago as a five year old. First Famous came fourth at the Rio Paralympics in grade five is also on the High Performance able bodied squad and Para Squad being the first in Australian History for this to happen as a Grand Prix Dressage horse. Lisa and First Famous continue their Grand Prix Campaign in able bodied competition with wonderful results.
Lisa competed in three events at the Games, placing fourth in the mixed dressage freestyle and individual championship, and ninth in the team open with teammates Emma Booth, Sharon Jarvis and Katie Umback.
Outside of training and competition, Lisa loves to travel and fish. She also considers herself a movie buff, favouring Westerns and action flicks.