Born: October 5, 1957
The 1998 USOC Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year has continued in her quiet, focused way to reach new heights with her long time partner, Flim Flam, the expressive and sometimes explosive eleven-year old Hanoverian gelding ( by Wihlem Tell out of Cilia by Cavalier). During the 1998 World Equestrian Games in Rome, Italy, they rode to an individual twelfth place as members of the fourth place USET squad, earning them the USOC's recognition.
Riding dressage since she was a teen, Susan Blinks has continued to grow and develop her skills having worked with some of the finest trainers throughout the world. Her first trainer was Marianne Ludwig, respected dressage judge in America. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, she taught at the University of Massachusetts, and later trained with German masters Walter Christianson, and Dr. Schulten-Baumer who currently is trainer/mentor to the reigning Olympic Individual Gold Medallist, Isabelle Werth.
With long time friend, Jane Savoie, her eyes from the ground , Susan Blinks and her other long time friend, Flim Flam, owned by Fritz and Renate Kundrun and Dressage Sponsor Corporation, have risen to the top in American dressage during the first selection trials, for the first Olympics in the new millenium. Until her sweeping wins throughout both weekends in May, her latest highlight was the Grand Prix win at The 2000 Wellington Dressage Classic in March, marking a comeback for Flim Flam after a series of injuries had him sidelined for months.
Calling Wellington, Florida her home while spending summers in Mount Kisco, NY, Blinks teaches and trains as well as officiating as an American Horse Shows Association dressage judge, when her schedule allows. In whatever free time she can create, she enjoys going out to dinner with good friends.
HorsesDaily "On The Scene" for The 2000 Dressage Olympic Selection Trials
Sue Blinks USET's Athlete of the Month - May 2000
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