Suzy started her riding career with the United States Pony club, where she focused on the eventing discipline as her first love. As many young competitors, she had dreams of making it to the Olympic Team some day with her English Thoroughbred.
After a freak riding accident, Suzy found herself refocusing her competitive goals. When she went in for surgery for the fifth time, she came to the realization that her dream of being a competitive rider for the USEF was slim. The severe leg injury changed her riding career forever. She was no longer able to ride and compete with the goals she had set for herself.
Driven by the love of her horses, she was not willing to give up her dream, Suzy decided to try another USEF recognized discipline that was foreign to her at the time. Combined Driving (CDE) was everything that she had missed about Eventing, without the physical demands that kept her out of the saddle. She jumped in head first and never looked back. She bought a pony and carriage and began driving with top trainers. Steadily, she gained as much show experience as she could in the CDE world.
Her hard work and dedication paid off. In 2005 Suzy won the Individual Gold medal in a World Championship in England. She was the first American to do so in Driving! Then Suzy went on to represent the USEF in two other World Championships in 2007 and 2009, bringing home medals on both occasions.
Suzy’s perseverance, dedication and passion have made her childhood dreams come true. Please help Suzy and cast your vote for her as Equestrian of the Year. Cast your vote through the link below: