Susan has over 20 years of experience in competitive dressage and horsemanship and holds her USDF Bronze and Silver medals. At age 12, through a project horse named Choco, Susan was introduced to the horsemanship principles taught by Tom Dorrance, Ellen Eckstein and David Hillman. She prides herself on combining the principles of classical dressage with horsemanship in her training business, clinics and lessons and hosts clinics with both Ellen and David at Somerset Farm. For international and national competition, Susan is coached by and trains with Dennis Callin. Having extensive experience coaching and competing at the international level, and living in Europe for the past 10 years, Dennis also helps direct the Team Winterhaven show program including FEI small and large tour horses, FEI young horses, FEI Para Dressage, and our active Adult Amateur program. This approach has enabled Susan to be active in the show ring while keeping the mental and physical health of the horse priority.
Susan has a long list of accomplishments, which includes her participation in the 2010 Altech World Equestrian Games as a US Team Member for the Para Dressage competition. Susan & Moneypenny placed 10th overall in the WEG and were ranked 5th in the world within their division. In 2012 she qualified for the London Paralympics on Terry Waechter’s PRE stallion Fugitivo XII, but withdrew from selection trials due to the arrival of her first child. Susan is currently competing the young stallion Kamiakin, schooling Prix St. Georges and campaigning for a United Stated Team slot for the World Equestrian Games Team for Normandy in 2014.
Susan has a very active lesson calendar and gives lessons to a wide variety of pairs, from currently competing FEI riders to pleasure riders who would like a foundation in classical dressage and horsemanship.
This article was written by Katie