Susan E. Harris is an international clinician, equestrian educator, author and artist from Cortland, New York. She has taught, trained, shown, and judged in many equestrian disciplines, including hunters, jumpers, equitation, dressage, eventing, western pleasure and performance, and the pleasure, gaited and versatility breeds. Susan directed 5-H Acres School of Horsemanship, a nationally accredited Riding Instructor School; taught college Equine Studies; and has been active in teaching teachers and establishing certification standards for American riding instructors since the l970’s. She has been honored as a Master Instructor by the American Riding Instructor Association.
Susan worked closely with Sally Swift, founder of Centered Riding, as one of her original Apprentices, and is certified as a Level IV (Advanced) Centered Riding Clinician. She travels internationally to teach clinics in Biomechanics of Horse and Rider, Horse Gaits, Balance, and Movement, Centered Riding® & Centered Jumping for riders, instructors, trainers, and judges of all breeds and disciplines. Her unique and original demonstration, “Anatomy in Motion™/The Visible Horse,” in which she paints the skeleton and muscles on a live horse, has been a popular attraction at equine expos and clinics around the world, including Equitana, Equine Affaire, the Quarter Horse Congress, the George Morris Horsemastership Clinic, the Egyptian Arabian Horse Breeders Pyramids Foundation, the Centered Riding International Symposium, and at expos and horse events in Europe, Australia, Iceland, Japan and Egypt.
Susan Harris is the author and illustrator of popular horse books, including Horse Gaits, Balance and Movement, the U.S. Pony Club Manuals of Horsemanship and Grooming to Win. With Peggy Brown, she has produced two DVDs: Anatomy in Motion I: The Visible Horse, and Anatomy in Motion II: The Visible Rider™. Susan has written a regular feature, Commonsense Horsemanship, and other articles in EQUUS Magazine, and illustrates books for other equine professionals.
Susan’s study of equine and human anatomy and biomechanics, her experience as an instructor, rider and trainer, and her artist’s eye give her a unique perspective on how horses and riders move together. Her teaching helps riders discover how to use their bodies better for improved balance and harmony between horse and rider. Susan’s knowledge of horse gaits and movement and experience in various breeds and disciplines enable her to help all kinds of riders and horses improve their balance, comfort, movement and performance. Her positive teaching style and visual approach make learning clear, understandable, and fun for riders of all ages and levels, from instructors, trainers, and competitors to youth, Pony Club and pleasure riders.
When not traveling, teaching or writing, Susan enjoys riding her Clydesdale/Paint gelding, Masquerade. You can visit Susan Harris online at www.anatomyinmotion.com.