Susar Farm Shows started in 1977 and our very first High Point Winner was Janvier Gentry, a young woman who rode and showed Arabians to victories in both English and Western competition. Janvier is now a mother but she still rides and loves horses.
Our first shows were held at Susar Farm on 1171 in Lewisville. Here is Cheri Gatshall and her half Arabian Paint Shaysarr waiting to compete in a halter class.
Andrea Spillman, who is showing with us now, was a big factor in our early shows. Here Andrea is showing Wishy, her Arabian mare that she trained entirely herself starting when she was about 9. Wishy went on to be a consistent Class A winner in dressage and Andrea is a lovely and accomplished rider.
Susar Farm has always been about beginners of all ages. Here is Jenny Harper on her pony Coco. Jenny was one of our very early riders and she matured into a lovely young lady.
This is Debbie Plough and her Quarter Hores mare Momma. Deb was barrel racer in her youth and decided later to take up english riding. She was a frequent exhibitor at the early Susar shows.
Another shot from the early eighties. This is Pam Spillman who showed at Susar extensively both on her hunter type mare Mecca and also showing Western on this lovely Quarter Horse mare. Pam is all grown up now and raises, shows and judges Minis!
No early Susar Farm show was complete without Evelyn Mayo who helped in all sorts of ways from siging up entrants to passing out awards. Here she gives Andrea Spillman and Courage a year end High Point award from 1982. Andrea won many such awards and she only showed English, jumping and trail. It has, throughout the 36 years of Susar Farm, been unusual for the Year End High Point Winner to only show one style.
In this photo Tasha Harper is showing her half Arabian pony mare Ferasha in one of our early shows. Susar shows have always been open to all breeds, all types be they large or small, horse or mule or donkey. We are proud to have had exhibitors from virtually every breed and no one is ever favored over another.
We have always had a particular love of the Trail classes at Susar. Our Trail classes are always open to English and Western and range from easy to rather spectacularly difficult depending on the expertise of the folks showing. Here young Daniel Roman guides his gelding Lako throgh a course as his competitors look on. Anyone entering our "Hard Trail" classes needs to be prepared to exhibit the trust and unity they have achieved with their horses!
In 1981 we started the process of buying the Denton Farm and moving Susar to Denton. It took two years, but in 1983 we moved the farm and the horses and started having our shows here in 1984. Early on we only had the top rail in the arena, and we held the trail classes out side of the arena utilizing the creek that runs next to the road. In this photo our own Sue Stewart is riding her stallion Skornoble to one of our walk overs. He is obviously not impressed with it! Through the years we have had many truly gifted trail exhibitors and it remains a delight to come up with obstacles that are both safe, an yet challenging.
Here is an early show at the Denton farm showing the missing second rail of the arena.
Here is Buzzy with his last kid! This is Jennifer Borges at the Region 9 Championship show. Jennifer had been entered in under 12 stockseat equitation which is just a rail class since this was her first big show she was not quite ready to do the stock pattern. Well, she won the under 12 which automatatically entered her into the Equiataion Championship. Annie took Jennifer off and I took Buzzy and we both "showed" them the pattern. We then put Jennifer on Buzzy and the two of them beautifully executed the difficult reining pattern to end up Reserve Equitation Champions!