I was honored to be a part of Suzanne Ament’s team! With only 2 practice rides on Dante’s Perfect Storm, a horse she had never ridden, she rode her FEI Intro Test A Grade II. The first test proved its challenges with 2 disqualifications but Suzanne regrouped, together we strategized and with Dante’s efforts she managed to position herself out of 54 other competitive scores with tough competition and early on in the show’s day as the LEAD SCORE of 77.50, to earn the Show’s High Score and overall Champion!
I had met Suzanne years prior and we had worked together at various USEF Para Dressage Coach Symposiums. Together we would always say, ‘we WILL spread awareness that riding is for all disabled individuals including the blind and visually impaired’ and then this happened! With a casual phone conversation that entailed a mention of me organizing a schooling dressage show, Suzanne got an idea!
She saw an opportunity to spread awareness that riding, whether competitive or recreational, is for everyone including those with vision impairments. With her intention to attend our ‘Spring Fling’ Schooling Dressage Show, Suzanne rallied with her Virginia Blacksburg Breakfast Lions Club where she was given a monetary grant for her travel and an additional one for the support of the show.
She wanted to share her vision and became her own marketing agent by creating her GoFundMe Page.
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Dr. Suzanne Ament at Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center at Caumsett State Park on the eve of her ride at the Center’s Spring Fling Schooling Dressage Show. She stands next to a banner for Dante’s Perfect Storm, a Gypsy Vanner who expertly carried Dr. Ament to capture the shows High Score Award. Dante is loved by the Panagi family.