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Susie Humes: Preserving the Classics in a Modern World

Susie saw the world from the back of a horse by the time she was 3 years old, and built her life around them. She spent her youth with horses, going from foxhunting to the show ring to bareback trail rides in the woods. Moving into training and judging was a natural progression for someone as devoted to horses as Susie, who sees judging hunters and equitation as a complex equation to solve.

“It’s like putting a puzzle together — starting with the first horse and putting them in order by quality of jump, quality of animal and smoothness of trip,” she said. Susie has put this puzzle together at the top horse shows in the country, judging everything from Devon to the Maclay Finals until the stresses and hassles of traveling pushed her to cut back her schedule. Though still judging the occasional horse show for the sheer enjoyment of it, Susie recently has been following another classic pursuit — an appreciation and preservation of art.

Profile to showcase Susie Humes lifelong career in equestrian sports, as well as her art collection and historic home. Published in Sidelines magazine.

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