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Central Michigans' Premier Equestrian Center 

 

USDF Silver Medalist, Sue Thome

Sue Thome is the owner & head trainer at WinterSpring Farm in Carson City, Michigan.  She specializes in dressage training & instruction at all levels.


Originally from England, Sue retuned for her British Horse Society Assistant Instructor Certificate after attending Porlock Vale Equitation Center in Porlock, England.  Sue achieved her USDF Bronze Medal in 2003, her silver medal in 2009 and completed the USDF L Judge Training Program in 2005, where she graduated ‘with distinction’.  All of her scores for her medals were achieved on horses she had trained from scratch.  Recently, she earned two of the four scores needed for her USDF Gold Medal. 


As an active competitor in Michigan and surrounding states at the FEI and national level, she has shown many horses through the levels of dressage.  She spent her first winter in Wellington Florida in 2012 training with her horses.  Sue used the opportunity of being in a dressage “meca” to further her knowledge and understanding of riding, training, and teaching dressage.

 

Sue is a regular clinician in Michigan and other states.   She teaches all levels of riders and all breeds of horses and has seen many of her students reach their show goals and achieve success.

 

Sue is a USDF L Judge and judges schooling shows, 4-H and pony club events throughout the region.

  

Accomplishments:

  • Numerous Reserve and Champion division placings at Waterloo and Copper Creek
  • 2003 – earned USDF bronze medal on Pink Phloyd
  • 2005 – graduated “with distinction” from the USDF “L” Judging Program
  • 2007 – placed 3rd at second level at Region II finals on Czenzi
  • 2008 – placed 8th at third level at Region II finals on Rossini
  • 2008 – placed 4th at fourth level at Region II finals on Rossini
  • 2008 – 11 year old student Kerrigan Gluch was Champion for Training Level Jr at Region
  • 2009 Earned USDF Silver medal on Rossini.
  • 2009 Qualified at PSG Open Division on Rossini
  • 2009 12 year old student Kerrigan Gluch was Champion at Region II Equitation Semi-f Finals 13 and under and   17 year old student Kristine Petrella was Champion at Region II Equitation Semi-finals Finals 14-18. 
  • 2009 Student Kerrigan Gluch was seventh place at Second Level Junior at Region II finals
  • 2009 Student Kristine Petrella was eight place at Third Level Junior at Region II finals  
  • 2012 Qualifed at PSG and I1 Open division on Rising Sun
  • 2012 Qualified at 3rd & 4th levels Open Division on Loire who was bred, born and raised at WinterSpring.
  • 2012 Student Maryanke Alexander qualified at training level on Fararri

 

Sue rides regularly with Fred Weber of Frederick, Maryland.  Fred gives periodic clinics at WinterSpring and Sue travels to Maryland for a couple of weeks each year for a more intensive training session.  Sue also rides with Jochen Hippensteil, Susan Jaccoma, and when possible with Spanish Riding School bereiter Marius Schreiner.  Past clinicians include Alex Gerding, Maryal Barnett, Ken McGrath, and Kerensa Muller. 
 
Sue travels regularly to Des Moines Iowa to teach and train at West Winds Farm, owned by Paula and Dennis Hedlund, and Emery Training Center, owned by Lori and Joe Emery.  Sue's Iowa students periodically join her at shows.

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