Trainer Spotlight: Sue Watkins

Posted by John Brand on

The horse world certainly wouldn't be what it is if it weren't for trainers. Trainers can specialize in many aspects of horses and riding. Some are happier starting colts, others like to help the "problem" horses become respectable citizens, while others help with general riding, finesse, equitation and more. 

We would like to introduce a trainer than many of you may know about, Sue Watkins:

Susan Watkins a lifelong professional horsewoman who has trained and competed in most equine disciplines from Hunters to Ranch Roping, and is well recognized in the Working Equitation world, acquiring her foundation in the sport by riding, studying and scribing with European professionals as well as attending the first USA judges training by a WAWE Instructor in 2012.  Over the last 10 years she has been an active member on numerous boards and committees helping to get the sport organized in the USA. She is not only a carded judge but a licensed Technical Delegate with all WE organizations in the USA. She has trained numerous horses for herself and clients including two BLM mustangs that have earned Championships. She has a passion for course design which she feels is an often-overlooked critical element of the sport.

Ms. Watkins teaches Working Equitation at her facility in Riverside, CA offering a full aray of lessons, clinics and schooling shows. She also travels around the country giving clinics and judging rated shows. As of April 2019 Sue holds the #1 spot in the Nation at the L4 level for Horse/Rider Pair, American Rider and Region 2, L4 Horse/Rider pair. And her Kiger Mustang Stallion is currently the #1 L4 horse in the Nation. As a clinician, competitor, instructor, coach and judge, Sue is committed to promoting good horsemanship and the sport of Working Equitation, whether your goals are to be a successful International Competitor or a recreational rider.

We here at Buckaroo Leather are thankful for Sue, her knowledge, friendship, and what she gives to the horse community.


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