Susan is 58 years old and lives on Salt Spring Island, B.C., Canada. She turned professional as a rider in 1983, upon the invitation of the Maclay champion of 1973, the late Michael Patrick. Susan trained eventing, hunter, jumper, and dressage horses, apprenticing with other top trainers in her chosen disciplines.
She created “Athletic Rider Training; The ART of Horsemanship”, teaching freelance since 2002. Her program brings elements of meditation practice, music, dance, art, and an interest in non-invasive, holistic therapies—in particular Low Level Laser Therapy and Shiatsu tapping— to her work with students and their horses.
She has since completed courses in Sustainability (University of British Columbia and University of Guelph) and documentary filmmaking (Pull Focus Film School, Vancouver). She is a Trained National Canadian Coaching Program Endurance Coach, an internationally ranked competitive masters and age-group runner with Athletics Canada in the 400m track to ½ Marathon Road Race distances.
The Compassionate Equestrian is her first book. Her second book, also released in June 2015, is Iridescent Silence of the Pacific Shores (Gordon/D. Whalsten 2015), a book of abstract water photography with a strong environmental statement, and DVD featuring original Orca calls and music composed by Ron Gordon, PhD.