My Story

susan3I started riding ponies at the young age of four. I quickly got hooked and took lessons and showed jumpers by age eight. I had my own horses at age 10 and I showed and competed during all of my school years. We moved at age fifteen to the country and just happened to move down the street from a 1/2 mile training center where I begged to work for free after school and on weekends. I wanted to learn to gallop racehorses. I cleaned stalls and groomed so that I could learn to gallop. I started breezing horses by age 16 and fell in love with racing. I was hooked!

The horse trainer I worked for was a veterinarian and a trainer, Dr. Paul E. Truitt and I learned a ton from him about every aspect of racing and care taking. I worked for him for about 4 years. During that time I also worked the sales showing yearlings at Keeneland and OBS, I also worked the two-year old training sales and breezed horses for the sales. The experiences were priceless.

I went to Virginia Intermont College to keep my father happy and took two horses to school with me and rode Hunter/jumpers but missed racing terribly. After school I got right back into racing.  I so loved racing I took my trainers test at the age of 19.

Horse Training Journey

Continuing my journey I went to Ireland in Kildare for the summer at age 20 and worked on the Curragh for top trainer Liam Brown. That same summer I traveled to England and worked for John Hills in Lambourn.

imagejpeg_1In 1994 I went to Dubai to work for Satish Seemar a four time champion trainer in Dubai. I was fortunate enough to become his assistant in Dubai and I was responsible for overseeing a stable of 120 horses primarily owned by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

It was a tremendous opportunity and a wonderful learning experience. I lived in Dubai for nearly 8 years. I was the first female hired in Dubai and the first female trainer in Dubai. I was offered a job training for HH Sheikh Saeed Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum in 1997 and trained for over three racing seasons.

In 2000 I came back to the US because I wanted to train at home. I now have a stable of about 20 horses in training. I am based at the new Belterra Park in the summer and fall months where the purses have more than doubled from when the facility was River Downs, and plans to increase purses as the casino money comes in has been promised and the horsemen will get 10 1/2 percent of those profits. Belterra Park features a one-mile dirt track and will be home to Ohio’s only turf track in 2015.  In the winter I am stabled at Turfway Park.

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