Susan Van Blarcom
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Susan Van Blarcom

Susan Van Blarcom has been teaching and training horses and riders for over 30 years. A graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University, with a BA in Economics/Accounting, Susan worked for an accounting firm before following her true passion--horses

Starting with one student, Susan worked as a freelance instructor attracting many more students. Susan's students and their horses have won many state year-end awards and have qualified for many finals in a variety of disciplines, including hunters, jumpers, equitation and dressage. Susan's students have been successful at many major competitions on the east coast, including HITS in Ocala, Devon, Vermont, Harrisburg, Washington and the National Horse Show. She also specializes in training the young horse and retraining the problem horse. She has made many horses into reliable and winning mounts for the show ring and for pleasure mounts, as well.

Wanting to provide her customers with better service and care for them and their horses, Susan leased several farms before purchasing Summerfield Farm in Pittstown, NJ in 1994.

Susan's philosophy of teaching is to train riders to be horsemen and women and not just horse show riders. To that end, Susan encourages her clients to learn to care for their horses with her guidance, contribute to developing their own riding programs and goals and to understand the science of riding and then to make it an art. Riders are encouraged to ride other horses. There are always young horses and sale horses at Summerfield available for students to ride when appropriate.

Susan has developed a Summerfield Farm "Tiny Tots" program for our youngest riders to teach them their basics and horse safety, a school horse program, leasing and half-leasing program, Summerfield's Summer program, and a training program for the more advanced rider and for the show enthusiast.

The care of the horse is of paramount importance to Susan. She closely supervises their care. All horses are treated as individuals with frequent hayings, customized feed programs, night barn checks and lots of turn-out.

Susan is a member of the United States Equestrian Federation, USHJA, ASPCA, NJ Horse Show Association, DVHA and the NJ Professional Horsemen's Association. For the past 13 years, she has served as Chairman of the NJ Professional Horsemen's Association. She is a USHJA Certified Category I Trainer and is a USEF "r" Judge in hunters, hunter equitation and jumpers.