The Journey Begins!

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Susan Treabess, Kamiakin, and Eva King

My New Year’s Resolution is to help Susan Treabess and her dressage partner PRE stallion, Kamiakin, make it to the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. I will be blogging about their journey and I invite all of you to come along for the ride. Dressage dreams don’t come true without lots of hard work and the necessary financial support. Kam and Susan will be doing the hard work and I will be joining a team of dedicated supporters working to raise the necessary funds that will allow this dynamic duo to have the opportunity to dance together on the world stage.

This blog will introduce all of you to the cast of characters contributing to the cause. We will watch the preparation that goes into achieving such a lofty goal and I hope you will find it both interesting and educational. Follow along and learn about the day to day routine as well as the “big events” and milestones along the way. I hope you will be inspired to dream your own dreams and work toward your own goals!

Why am I devoted to this cause? I believe in Susan and Kam. I am inspired by Susan’s dedication to achieving her vision. In the time I have known Susan, she has left her “regular” fulltime job to open her own business, Winterhaven Dressage and Horsemanship, with her training partner the lovely and elegant Eva King. This took a lot of courage and I admire courage.  Susan competed at the 2010 WEG and finished tenth overall after the freestyle, the highest ranking US rider at the WEG.   She was 5th ranked in the world within her division after the 2010 WEG.

Susan started her campaign for the 2012 London Para Olympic Games with a new dressage partner, PRE stallion Fugitivo XII. She and Fugi posted qualifying scores to compete in the US selection trials when she was 5 months pregnant. So instead of competing in London, she stayed home and delivered the youngest resident of Somerset Farm, the delightful Logan Stanley!

After the untimely death of Fugitivo at the beginning of 2013, Susan selected Kam as her new partner. I have watched their partnership develop from the very beginning since I just happened to be at the barn the night he arrived at Somerset Farm and it has been a beautiful thing to watch. As a woman who gave up horses when she married and had children and did not begin to ride again until those children were nearly grown, I am awed by Susan’s commitment to herself and her art as well as to her family. When Susan thanked me for undertaking this effort, she told me that I was giving her the gift of time to spend with her son. Rather than sit down and write a blog entry, she will be able to give Logan a bath and put him to bed. This touched me….and I realized that this is how women can make their dreams come true… helping each other!!

Susan and Logan

And lest you think this is all me giving and Susan taking….au contraire! I will love Susan forevermore and be forever in her debt because she is the matchmaker for my current equine partner and I. Literally, if it were not for Susan; my life would not be graced with my beautiful PRE mare, Samba WAE. I will save that story for another time. In fact I am sure you will hear more about Samba, because I am completely in love with her!! You will also be hearing more about Susan’s extraordinary matchmaking skills because I am not the only grateful recipient of this particular talent of hers. Really, she has a gift!!

And there is one more reason I support Susan and Kam in this quest. I believe in Susan’s philosophy and style of horsemanship. She believes in developing the horse using the principals of what many call natural horsemanship. She teaches the horses in a way that they can easily understand what is expected of them and above all she considers the happiness of the horse in the training equation. I want to help in the effort to provide her with the opportunity to put her talents on display for the world to see.

So come along and follow the journey from Somerset Farm in Winters, California to Normandy, France this year. Along the way you will meet Susan’s trainers and supporters. You will read about her inspirations and peak achievements. We will also watch the day to day work that goes into making a big dressage dream come true; for you are what you practice day in and day out. The big wins may feel like magic, but you cannot become something new on competition day. No, competition day is the day you present to others what you practice daily. Come watch the magic happen! I hope you will join us in our efforts to send Susan and Kam on their big adventure!! On to Normandy!!

This article was written by pamela


jodi seatonJanuary 3, 2014 at 5:46 pmReply

Wonderful! What a fun journey to be able to follow. Thank you for including me!

Carrie ShepardJanuary 3, 2014 at 6:07 pmReply

Nice job on this Pam! I’m looking forward to reading your future installments as I watch Susan and Kam proceed along the path to the WEG, and beyond!

Michael JohnstonJanuary 4, 2014 at 12:28 amReply

Wonderful! Please keep me posted and where can I see them ride?

Pam HeffleyJanuary 4, 2014 at 12:51 amReply

What a beautiful way to be part of Susan’s team and allow her time with Logan! :-D

Karen PokutaJanuary 4, 2014 at 3:58 pmReply

What a great article about my niece Susan. Please keep me posted so I can keep up with everything going on. Susan is one of the most committed people I know of, she is great at anything she does.