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Susan DealSusan Yeaman Deal
USHJA Certified Category I Trainer

Susan is an accomplished rider and instructor who has taught hunter seat equitation at Sweet Briar College, St. Andrews College, Eagle's Nest Camp, and elsewhere. The summer camp is a natural outgrowth of her interest in and love of children and horses. Susan teaches lessons year-round, takes students to shows and riding to hounds. Susan rode her horse Penn Park to the 2005 North American Field Hunter Championship.

Susan is an ANRC Level 5 Rider, National Judge, and Steward who serves on the ANRC board as well as the USHJA Youth Council.

 Website: www.grovespringfarm.com

 

 

Susan's Video Topics:


An Exercise to Keep the Rider’s Hands Still

Before quiet hands are developed in a rider, it is very common to see beginners at the trot “posting with their hands.” In this free video tidbit from from ANRC Level 5 Rider, National Judge, and Steward, Susan Deal, we are introduced to an exercise that corrects this position mistake before it becomes a bad habit.

Running Time: 1 minute and 17 seconds

Bareback Balance

Part 15 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

In the 15th lesson of this video series Susan works on her student’s balance with bareback exercises. The rider is already capable of walking, trotting and cantering with a saddle and the pony is tolerant & comfortable with a rider bareback. These exercises are particularly helpful to enhance the rider’s feel, balance and focus as he must concentrate on moving with the pony’s movements.

Running Time: 4 minutes and 11 seconds

Communication with the Horse - Progression from the Elementary to Intermediate Level

Part 22 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

As the rider progresses in her abilities, her communication with her horse becomes more fine-tuned.  The rider is not only able to feel where the horse is and what the horse is doing, but to affect that movement. In this topic Susan gives her student a specific plan to make various transitions throughout the ring. This exercise works on the rider’s timing, effective use of the aids and leads to a more sophisticated communication level with the horse.

Running Time: 2 minutes and 59 seconds

Exercises for Proper Hand & Leg Position

Part 17 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

Susan Deal employs some fun exercises to help her beginning student execute proper hand and leg position.  By using exaggerated movements, the rider gains independence in the use of her hand and leg aids and, at the same time, becomes familiar with the feel of her body when it is in the correct position.

Running Time: 4 minutes and 30 seconds

Exercises to Help Young Riders Maintain Focus During Lessons

Part 14 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

In this video topic, Susan Deal works with a young student who has difficulty maintaining focus during riding lessons.  She reveals some of her creative and effective exercises that make if fun for him to stay on task while improving his riding position at the same time.

Running Time: 8 minutes 17 seconds

Exercises to Improve a Beginner's Riding Position

Part 3 of Susan Deal's "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

This is the 3rd installment of Susan Deal’s video series devoted to teaching beginners the fundamentals of  forward riding. In this lesson she focuses on the rider’s position while offering insightful techniques from the teacher’s perspective on how to get the most out of a young or inexperienced equestrian. As a rider you’ll learn proper placement of the foot in the stirrup, how to hold the reins, basic seats, how to avoid clashing aids, tips on how to improve your seat and balance and other basics every equestrian should learn during their first riding lessons.

Running Time: 7 minutes and 37 seconds

Interview with Trainer Susan Deal

Susan Deal is one of the most accomplished trainers of young riders in the US. As a USHJA Certified Category 1 Trainer, she works year-round, taking students to shows and riding to hounds. In this video interview, learn how Susan got her start, those that influenced her life and her journey that brought her to start her own training facility, Grovespring Farm. In addition to running her very busy training/boarding facility, Susan is an ANRC Level 5 Rider, National Judge, and Steward who serves on the ANRC board as well as the USHJA Youth Council.

Running Time: 3 minutes and 53 seconds

Lateral Control: Using the Leg & Rein Aids Together to Turn

Part 19 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

Near the end of the young rider’s first year, Susan introduces the indirect rein. This rein aid, used in conjunction with the leg aids, is more sophisticated than an opening rein to facilitate turns. In this video topic, Susan uses exercises with figures, such as circles, half circles and serpentines, to solidify her students’ use of leg and rein aids together.

Running Time: 9 minutes and 37 seconds

Learning Diagonals

Part 11 of Susan Deal's "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

In Susan Deal’s 11th topic from her video series, she works with two young riders at different stages of learning their diagonals. As the result of early horse show competition in her young riding career, the first student has learned to look to determine her diagonals and is in the process of learning to feel them instead. Her second rider was taught to feel the rhythm of her pony’s trot and easily pops up on the correct diagonal every time without looking.

Running Time: 3 minutes 6 seconds

Learning How To Post The Trot

Part 4 of Susan Deal's "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

Susan Deal, top trainer for young riders, takes us through a typical lesson when teaching a new rider to post the trot and use the weight aid. The goal of this video lesson is to get the rider more secure in the saddle. Starting out on the lunge line, Susan has the rider do various exercises to help them keep an even posting rhythm and a strong balance over the leg.

Running Time: 7 minutes and 47 seconds