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About On The Bit Events

Liz Oertel Johnson, the creator and owner of On The Bit Events, LLC, began this company in 2013 to be able to combine her passion for horse shows, event planning, project management and her overall love for horses. As an avid rider & competitor, Liz understands the needs of both organizers, competitors and their equine partners. She is a USDF Bronze medalist and a USDF certified instructor. Liz completed her Master's of Project Management at Granite State College in the Fall of 2013.  She brings this knowledge and network as an asset to On The Bit Events.


On The Bit Events, LLC was created in order to support the running of high quality dressage shows, horse trials, and other equine events in the New England area. On The Bit Events strengths lay in the pre-show organization, entry processing, scheduling, scoring, and archiving results and show data for every show we are involved with. Tailored packages can be created to help suit each individual client’s needs as a pre-event consultant.

We can assist existing show management teams in staffing and solving any issues that may arise, such as finding vendors, advertising and solving staffing needs from contracting recognized officials to  fully trained scoring teams and site managers. We also have experience planning clinics, open-houses, hunter-paces, trade show campaigns, weddings and other events.


Some of our previous clients have been:

  • Area 1 Championships

  • UNH Horse Trials

  • Western Dressage Assoc. of Massachusetts

  • Fitch's Corner Horse Trials

  • Arabian Horse Assoc. of Connecticut

  • Town Hill Farm Horse Trials 

  • Kent School Horse Trials

  • NEDA Fall Symposium with Carl Hester at Pineland Farm's Equestrian Center (2017, sponsorship coordinator)

  • NEDA Fall Symposium with Charlotte Dujardin at Mt. Holyoke College (2018)

  • MCTA Horse Trials at Shawan Downs, MD (Scoring)

At our core, we believe in high quality customer service for both clients and competitors. Presenting exceptional events - regardless of whether it is a conference, a schooling show, a hunter-pace or a USEF sanctioned competition - is the core mission of On The Bit Events. Liz draws from 15+ years of experience in the industry and has run hundreds of events. OTBE utilizes ShowConnect, EventEntries, StartBox Scoring and Fox Village Dressage for entry processing, scheduling and scoring. OTBE partners with and to accept online show entries.



On The Bit Events Internships

On the Bit Events regularly offers internship opportunities for students based around competitions, equine marketing, and event planning throughout the year.


Previous interns are successfully working in all aspects of competition and marketing industries. Skills gained plus our great network of professionals and organizations make this an important career building step forward.

2022 Interns

Shyanne Rivera, Kat Kilcommons

2021 Intern

Ashley Smith

2018 Interns

Morgan Lussier; Marny Stivers

2017 Interns

Madison Ytterock; Cayla Penny

2016 Interns

Madison Donahue; Kelly Cyr; Paige Collings; Kristen Mason

2015 Interns

Kelsey Buckley; Mily Mallard

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