"I was drawn to Susann's barn because of her credentials and qualifications, as well as her warmth and concern for her horses. She has not disappointed. I have watched my mare Nika gain a solid foundation in dressage and evolve into a happy, confident riding horse. I could not be more pleased with the care and training my mare has received.
Susann is a highly skilled and effective rider / trainer. She is also a well rounded trainer. The horses' mental and physical well being is her top priority. Susann exudes kindness and confidence which permeates everything at her barn. The care and riding of the horses and lessons for her clients are all top notch. Her methods are "old school" classical, no fancy gimmicks or equipment, just solid consistent basics based on the dressage training scale.
What really makes Susann's training unique is her connection with all of the horses in her barn. She bonds with each horse which, in turn, brings out the best in each animal. She has a plan and program that is custom tailored for each horse. The horses all advance and at the same time they seem happy and content in their work. The horses come back from their lessons calm and completely relaxed. With Susan's training, the horses become easier and more pleasurable for their owners to ride.
Susann's two-legged students likewise blossom under her teaching. She works with horses and their owners to ensure that they both advance towards correct classical dressage. But she also ensures that they both take the time needed to enjoy the journey and each other in the process. At Susann's barn, both horse and rider are reminded to pause periodically on their dressage journey and to stop and smell the roses." -- J. Hilton