Susan started riding at age 10 and grew up
showing hunters, jumpers, and eventing in
New Jersey. She would beg to use any
available horse she could find. Her location
near the USET headquarters meant she
would often compete against the best in the
country. Her childhood highlights include
riding a fat fuzzy Appaloosa to beat USET
star (and later team coach) Frank Chapot
in a green jumper class. She earned money to ride and show by teaching lessons and doing barn work. During her senior year in high school, Susan ran a 9-horse private show farm for a local family.
After a break from riding to attend college and working
in retail management, Susan returned to riding and
purchased her first horse, a quirky Appaloosa who
became a successful eventer. While spending 20 years
as a manufacturer's rep for equine products lines, Susan
continued riding, instructing, and training in the
hunter/jumper, eventing, and dressage disciplines.
She has now returned to full time teaching. Her current
equine partner is Teddy, a 14 year old
Percheron/Thoroughbred cross who is an eventing
rock star and helps teach lessons while demanding
compensation in carrots, apples, and other treats.
Susan is a full time instructor here at Hideaway.