Sue Springsteen and Fanale Work Their Way Up to the High Performance Dressage Division While Sue Works Full Time
Sue Springsteen is easy to spot at a show. She is wired for business, in between classes with her Blackberry, and mobile phone, often juggling both at once while keeping in touch with her clients. Can an amateur rider with a demanding full time job be successful in the High Performance classes in dressage? With the help of her trainer, Lars Petersen and the moral support from her dressage friends, Springsteen was coaxed out of her comfort zone and into the FEI Arena at Dressage at Equestrian Estates to become the highest place Amateur rider in the High Performance Intermediaire I with a 64.333%.
And she did this on her US Bred Hanoverian mare Fanale (by Wuemmestern out of Willow by World Cup I), who she purchased as a green broke 4-year-old from Janine Malone, in North Carolina. Malone, who is manager of the Raleigh CDI (June 1-3), will have the chance to see Fanale in action soon at her show as Springsteen will attempt to qualify for the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Festival of Champions, by competing in the required CDI classes.
How Does She Do It?
Springsteen who works full time Morgan Stanley managing the assets of individuals and families through her wealth management practice, also provides daily stock market commentary on KYW News Radio 1060 in Philadelphia and offers investment insight on a variety of television programs carried on CN8. She sits on the Boards of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, Chester County Futures and the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry.
“I decided to try the HP classes because of so much encouragement from Tuny Page and Susie Dutta.” explained Springsteen. “They both told me it was time for me to get brave, mix it up with the rest of them. Lars also thought it was a good idea too, so I went for it.”
Springsteen has worked with Lars Petersen for four years who trains in the winter at Arlene Page’s Stillpoint Farm in the winter, and near Philadelphia in the summer. “It's been a great opportunity for me.” Sue adds. “Lars loves his horses. He knows how to develop a horse and can adapt his system to a wide variety of horses and riders. I've learned an enormous amount. I thank God every day for being able to do this. I mean, how many riders with full time jobs outside the horse industry get to be in Florida in the winter training with Lars Petersen?”