Susan Jaccoma

Susan Jaccoma and Wadamur (13-year-old bay Hanoverian gelding by (Weltmeyer-Sandro Hit) affectionately known as "Moe” Photo: PhelpsPhotos
Susan Jaccoma and Wadamur (13-year-old bay Hanoverian gelding by (Weltmeyer-Sandro Hit) affectionately known as "Moe” Photo: PhelpsPhotos

Susan Jaccoma has been riding since the age of six and has been competing at FEI level dressage for the past 20 years. Susan was a member of the U.S. team on numerous occasions, she won the Dressage at Devon Grand Prix in 2009, as well on a Quadille Team at the Challenge of the Americans in Wellington with “Harmony’s Coolio” and “Jellowa”. Susan rode “Harmony’s FX” to an overall 5th place finish at the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Championships in Lexington, KY while “Wadamur” was USDF Horse of the year. Susan continues to campaign “Wadamur” who’s on the long list for the upcoming challenge of qualifying for a spot on the US Team for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Susan teaches out of Kim Jackson's Mae Faire Oaks farm located in White Fences in Loxahatchee, Florida. Look for Susan Jaccoma this upcoming winter during the 2014 Wellington Dressage Winter Season.

FEI Rider | Dressage Competitor | Dressage Coach | Dressage Training | Amateur Friendly 

She shared, “As I was riding my first Grand Prix horse, Nightwind, with Robert Dover, he kept saying, ‘You have to feel the extension in the collected trot...and the collected trot in the extension’. Yup, I understand that ...or so I thought. Two Grand Prix horses later the words had not changed, but one day the feeling sure did. I felt the collection in the extension, and vice versa. Thank you Harmony's Coolio!”

Susan Jaccoma rides Darwin, a KWPN (Santano x Flemmingh) 5 year old, owned by Kim Jackson in Loxahatchee, Florida Photo: Betsy LaBelle
Susan Jaccoma rides Darwin, a KWPN (Santano x Flemmingh) 5 year old, owned by Kim Jackson in Loxahatchee, Florida Photo: Betsy LaBelle

Susan Jaccoma, a native New Englander, continues to compete at the highest FEI levels in the sport of dressage. She’s won numerous championships at many levels up to Grand Prix on horses she has trained herself. She has been on the United States Equestrian Team long list since 2000 and is a United States Dressage Federation Gold Medalist. Over the years Jaccoma has represented the United States in Sydney, Australia at the Nation’s Cup in 2000, earning team and individual gold medals. She’s successfully competed at several Can-Am Challenges, and competed as a member of the US Team Quadrille for the Challenge of the Americas to benefit breast cancer. When not competing, Jaccoma shares her knowledge and experience by coaching other horses and riders from Maine to Florida.

She shared, “I first became a rider, then instructor/trainer.  I feel that one builds off the other. My riding and training has given me the opportunity to ride many types of horses, this creating more "tools" in my bag to help my students reach their goals. I would like to emphasize my riding, leading into my teaching and training. I was a nurse and a college instructor of nursing before I was a dressage rider/ instructor/ trainer. I have always loved teaching and have ridden horses since I was young. So it seemed logical to merge my two passions. ”

Owned by Susan Jaccoma, Wadamur (13-year-old bay Hanoverian gelding by (Weltmeyer-Sandro Hit) affectionately known as "Moe” has been Jaccoma’s daily training partner since he was three-years-old. The six-time US Olympian Robert Dover called him a "world-class horse" right from the beginning.

Susan said, “Wadamur began his career with me as a fire eating dragon. His flight response was for a 10, but he was always a gentleman with his eye on an escape route. Over the years and up the levels, he has proven his trust in me many times. He is always sure one of the judges around the ring is going to get him, if not the judges then the ring steward who gently checks his tack when we are finished. Yet, surprisingly, he enjoys showing.”

She continued, “In 2008, Wadamur qualified for the USET Intermediare Championships that were being held in San Jaun Capistrano, CA. Due to the enormous expense of travelling to California, I knew I could not attend. But, in May of 2008, I was a demo rider at a New England Dressage Association symposium with Robert Dover. He asked me how my travel plans were coming along. I whispered to him that I was not attending. In a voice, only he can command, he began to say how I should go as Moe and I earned the invitation. I was very embarrassed and a little teary. During the lunch break, a very lovely woman came to me and said that she would make it happen for me. That afternoon a plan was made. Within 3 weeks many, many people came forward to contribute to my trip, even several competitors from California. I was honored and humbled by this outpouring of support. I felt like a winner before Moe even got on the plane. I look back on this memory as the highlight of my career so far!”

She continued, “Moe does not like to make mistakes. He knows when he is "ON" and wants to let everyone one know he is proud of himself. He does this by a very characteristic whinny during the extended walk and the line of one tempi changes (which is very disconcerting to me). We have been together since he was just broken. He knows me as well as I know him and our partnership is what makes putting my foot in the stirrup so rewarding every day.”

Susan Jaccoma's just broken 3 year old mare, by Rousseau out of a Bolivar mare - Forsythia
Susan Jaccoma's just broken 3 year old mare, by Rousseau out of a Bolivar mare - Forsythia

New Horse:

“This past winter, I began looking for my next young horse. I have wanted to support our US breeders, so I began looking in the United States. I found Forsythia, a just broken 3 year old mare, by Rousseau out of a Bolivar mare. She has 3 good gaits, a great character, good conformation, and a pretty face. She was bred by Dr Mary Beth Stanton at her Conundrum Farm in Ocala FL. Mary Beth is a Veterinarian at Equine Veterinary Reproduction Specialists. She has a terrific breeding program with young horses of many ages. I am excited to be starting a new partnership with such a quality young horse that was born in America,” Susan shared. A great advocate for America, Susan Jaccoma works hard to promote the horses bred in the United States of America, while she campaigns horses up through the FEI levels in a clear and thoughtful training program.  

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