Susan riding Daisy Mae at the Denton Riding Club Playday

By Dan Roark

I walked into the New Hope barn and decided to check the folder to see if any volunteers had filled out their questionnaires. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Susan had filled one out – marking out Volunteer and adding Instructor. I have purposely taken pictures of Susan for just such an occasion, and I’m happy to share them with you now.

What brought you to New Hope to volunteer?

Susan on her horse, Bandit, in the Split Rock Amateur Jumping Competition

My son was looking for a place to do his Eagle project and wanted it to be horse related. We began volunteering and I never left!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have three grown children and live in Flower Mound with my husband, two dogs and a blind cat. I have always loved horses and I am horse mom to two of my own: Bandit de Reve who competes in show jumping with me, and Skye’s the Limit, a four year old off the track thoroughbred who is learning to be a riding horse and hopefully, a jumper. I love to travel and have lived in Australia and visited twenty countries.

Favorite horse?

I like them all for different reasons but if I were going to add one to my family, I’d have to pick Daisy Mae, the mule. She just makes me smile!

Susan with Juliana on Chito at DRC Playday

Favorite part of volunteering (instructing in this case. Susan went through Path Instructor Certification Training to begin instructing) at New Hope?

I love encouraging  the kids (and volunteers, for that matter) to keep working toward their personal goals. Seeing our riders grow as human beings and work hard toward goals, think of the horses, accept responsibility and not give up is so rewarding. I think these are life skills that a lot of people are missing, and horses teach these skills perfectly.

How has volunteering/instructing affected you?

It has helped me find my purpose. I feel like I am making a positive difference in the world and am much more patient than before. I find myself thinking almost constantly about the riders and horses – trying to come up with ways to keep them engaged and help them grow.

Well said, Susan. Thank you for all you do!!

Ride on and ride for hope.

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