SPRING RUN FARM

"We specialize in Dressage, Eventing (Show Jumping & Cross Country), Basic Hunt Seat, Equitation and Jumping. We offer private and group lessons and emphasize a positive and fun environment!"

Susan Harris, Owner of Spring Run Farm


HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS

Nearly everyone that is involved with horses can benefit from taking lessons that are taught by an experienced riding instructor. Riding instructors teach beginners the basics of safe horsemanship and riding. Experienced riders will fine-tune their skills. Our instructors accept riders of every experience level and help to achieve their riding and showing goals.


INSTRUCTORS

Susan L. Harris
Owner, Instructor

Susan and Endavour competed 3rd level at the National Championships scoring 71.19. In January 2018, they were picked by Charlotte Dujardin to be the 4th Level Team for the Symposium held at the Kentucky Horse Park!!! This year they will compete at Prix St George.

Certifications

  • National Examiner for the United States Pony Club. ¬†She is a Level IV Examiner which is through the highest ¬†level - the "A" level. Susan is an examiner for the rating in dressage and the traditional eventing "A" level.
  • Certified Instructor through the United States Eventing Association. She is a Level III Instructor, which is through the Intermediate level of eventing.
  • Certified instructor for the United States Dressage Federation through 4th Level.
  • Susan was also featured in Hunter and Sport Horse Magazine in the article "Developing True Horsemanship....Eventing Style".
  • In 2012 Susan was awarded "The Cornerstone Instructor Appreciation Award" by the United States Eventing Association. This recognizes outstanding instruction for 20 years or more.

Biography

Susan L. Harris has been teaching riding lessons since the early 1970s. She is an "A" level graduate of the United States Pony Club and a national examiner for the United States Pony Club for both eventing and dressage. She has achieved her silver medal through the United States Dressage Federation and grew up competing in the hunter ring and fox hunting with Long Run Hounds.

Susan attends annual United States Dressage Federation symposiums and the Certified Instructors program for United States Eventing Association. Susan also attends Dressage clinics with Conrad Schumaker, Jim Kofford, Kathy Priest, Michael and Sharon Poulin. Susan also attends yearly eventing clinics with Stephen Bradley and Denny Emerson.

Since 1978, she has competed in many novice through intermediate level horse trials including renowned 3-day events such as Rolex, Radnor, North Georgia and Bromont (Canada). Susan has also competed through the Grand Prix level in dressage. She completed two years in the equestrian program at William Woods College and earned a bachelors and masters degree in social work from the University of Louisville.

Over the past decade, Susan has helped all levels of riders achieve their personal and competitive goals. Many have gone on to become B, HA and A pony clubbers, ride in the North American Young Riders Championships, National Pony Club rallies and prestigious 3-day events in the United States and Canada.

Currently, Susan is competing her horse, Endavour Adventure, at 4th Level with scores in the 70's. They are qualified for the 2017 Regional Championships at 3rd Level and hope to qualify for the National Championships held at the Kentucky Horse Park in November.

Susan can be reached at 502-643-2364.

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Susan Harris


Sam McLean
Instructor

Biography

"My name is Samantha McLean, I am 21 years old. I grew up in just outside of Albany, New York and I started riding horses when I was 11 years old. All through high school I competed in hunter/jumpers. I moved to Kentucky for school at the University of Louisville, where I am now working on my communications degree. I lived in Louisville for 2 years and had nowhere to ride, then I found Spring Run.

I came to Spring Run in March 2017 and soon began working for the farm in February 2018. Right now I am leasing Willow and working on eventing with her. I am looking forward to helping out at Spring Run and teaching young riders."

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Sam McLean


Courtney Lau
Instructor

Biography

Courtney Lau earned her B.S. in Biology from Transylvania University. She spent 15 years in corporate America working as a Human Resource professional, while concurrently riding and training horses to the FEI level. She possesses excellent communication skills and a high level of professionalism that were honed by her time in various corporations.

She has trained horses in Eventing and successfully started, campaigned and sold horses of multiple breeds including thoroughbreds, mustangs, saddlebreds and warmbloods. She also has a unique ability to evaluate riders and horses. This skill has enabled her to help clients purchase horses that become great partners.

Courtney has also earned her Bronze medal in Dressage and is currently working toward her Silver medal. She is experienced in training riders of all ages and levels in both eventing and dressage. She is positive and patient with the most timid rider and encouraging and passionate with the more aggressive.

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Courtney Lau

Erin Carter
Instructor

Biography

Erin Carter is a part-time instructor at Spring Run. She has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri in 2014, and works at GE Appliances as a Lean Engineer, and is pursuing her MBA at The University of Louisville.

Erin has been riding for 18 years in the Hunter/Jumper ring at an AA circuit farm. She has grown up working, riding, and training horses throughout the US, and additionally with training short periods in New Zealand and Portugal. She has competed in the intermediate and training level of hunter/jumpers, as well as, Arabians. She moved to Kentucky four years ago and has since fallen in love with eventing.

She competes locally on Courtney Lau's horse Ravadon. Erin pursues her passion to build a deep connection between horse and rider while making lessons challenging and fun.

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Erin Carter