Susan Springsteen is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist for her accomplishments in dressage from First Level through Grand Prix; earned on horses she has trained herself. She has developed several horses to the FEI levels, including Fanale, who she trained from a barely backed three year old to Grand Prix, and Oskar from a lower level 5 year old to Prix St George. She is one of only a handful of riders that have become successful Grand Prix Dressage competitors while maintaining a career outside the horse industry.
Her competitive accomplishments include Regional Championships at 4th Level, Prix St. George, and Intermediare 1, as well as numerous top 5 national Horse of the Year rankings, CDI (international show) placings and USDF wins. In 2008, Susan and Fanale were ranked #1 nationally in the USDF Intermediare 1 Adult Amateur Horse of the Year Standings. She was the reserve rider for the 2009 USEF Intermediare 1 National Championships at Gladstone and the highest placed American at the NEDA Fall Festival CDI at the Prix St George and Intermediare 1 Level. She was also the recipient of the USDF Region 1 Award for Outstanding Achievement at the FEI Levels. Regarding young horses, Susan competed Fanale in the East Coast Young Horse Finals for 5 Year Old Dressage Horses and won numerous breed show classes, both in-hand and under saddle.
Susan studied with Lars Petersen for eight years (10 time Danish National Champion, Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup competitor, formerly ranked #2 in the World) and has had supplemental training from Bob Orton, Conrad Schumacher, Hubertus Schmidt (German Olympian and trainer of over 50 Grand Prix horses) and George Williams (USET Member and National Champion). She graduated with honors from the Pen-Y-Bryn Instructors Certification Program, a 9 month residential dressage and combined training program modeled after the British Horse Society Instructor Certification.
Susan’s accomplishments have been featured in Dressage Today Magazine, The Chronicle of the Horse, and The Daily Local News. A popular writer, she has been published several times in Dressage Today and won the All Tech A+ Award for Equine Journalism from American Horse Publications for her article “When Almost Counts”.
Susan relinquished her amateur standing with the retirement of Fanale from competition. She is a popular clinician and instructor in the Philadelphia area and enjoys working with all levels, all ages, and all breeds.