Elise Handy has been riding since before she could walk. She started eventing at the age of five and completed her first recognized event at the age of six. Elise would go on to move through the United States Pony Club system and received her C3 rating in 2004 with the help of her first Event coach, Jeffray Ryding of Galisteo, New Mexico.
Later in 2004 Elise moved to the East Coast where she competed through the Two Star Level under the watchful eye of Olympian Darren Chiacchia. In 2007 Elise competed in the North American Young Rider Championships at the Two Star Level and helped bring home a Gold medal for her team before moving to Florida to focus on Dressage in 2008. In 2009 she successfully trained her young horse (Money Spinner) to the Prix St. George level in dressage while working with Olympic Gold Medalists Leslie Law and Multiple international Gold Medalist Robert Dover. After recieving her bronze medal from the United States Dressage Federation in 2010, Elise began working towards her Silver and Gold medals with her Trainer Volker Brommann. Upon graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles Elise moved her business to Dublin, Ireland where she completed her Master's Degree in Linguistics while balancing her active equestrian career.
After graduating with her Master's degree from Trinity College, Dublin Elise traveled to German where she interned briefly with German Olympian Dirk Schrade. While with Dirk she was able to acquire the ride on a six-year-old mare named Sonnenschien GS.
After purchasing the promising young horse (Sonnenschein GS) Elise moved to Northern Ireland where she trained under Irish Olympic star Joseph Murphy. While her time with Joseph was very rewarding, she made the decision to move back to the United States to jump start her own Equestrian program. Currently Elise operates her business out of Middle Ranch in Lake View Terrace, CA where she offers lessons, training, coaching, and clinics.