Back in the Saddle
12th September 2012

Susan is back in the saddle after almost two years away from equestrian sport. Susan decided to take a short break from riding over the summer months after returning from the 2010 World Equestrian Games in America, but the break was considerably extended following the devastating Queensland floods in early 2011. Thanks to a little help from her friends Susan is back enjoying the benefits of riding and has some exciting new prospects.

 

Para Equestrian of the Year
27th November 2010

Equestrian Queensland held their prestigious Annual Awards Night on November 27, which invites the whole Queensland equestrian community together to celebrate the major achievements of the sports stars and luminaries. The glittering black tie event was hosted by Australian television personality Ed Phillips, at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. Susan was a finalist for the Para Equestrian of the Year Award along with two other riders. The newly introduced Para Equestrian award was to recognise athletes who have had one or more exceptional performances during the year either on the State, National or International stage. Susan was honored to be announced the winner of the award and was presented with a crystal vase by the awards sponsors, directors of AVP Productions and DigiScore.

 

Equestrian Foundation
11th November 2010

Susan is pleased to be working closely with the McIntyre Centre's Equestrian Foundation for Disabled Children. The Foundation was established by the McIntyre Centre to realize its vision: "To empower young people with a disability to reach their full potential through providing specialist services focused around equestrian activities, supported by active community involvement". Susan feels very lucky to be able to give back to this great charity and the McIntyre Centre, where she was given the opportunity to discover the amazing benefits of animal based therapy herself. The Foundation and it fundraising activities will help give more people the opportunity to achieve success in their lives. To learn more about how you can support this great cause please visit: www.efdc.com.au

 

WEG Dream Over
1st September 2010

Susan will not be competing at the World Equestrian Games, to be held this month in Kentucky, USA. This devastating decision has been made due to financial difficulties. Susan was the only Para Equestrian rider to be selected to compete at WEG as an individual but was responsible for covering all the costs involved including horse transport overseas. Despite, her great disappointment of not achieving her dream, she will be attending the event to support the rest of the Australians. GO AUSSIE!!! Visit the Australian Team Website.

 

WEG Team Announced
18th July 2010

The riders who have been selected to represent Australia in Kentucky at the 2010 World Equestrian Games have been announced. The team will be Nicole Kullen and Nikshar Nomination from NSW in Grade 1B, Grace Bowman and Kirby Park Joy from SA in Grade 2, Sharon Jarvis and Applewood Odorado from WA in Grade 3, and Kate Doughty and Heatherton Park Al Capone from VIC in Grade 4. Susan Seipel and Larundel Gelata from QLD have been selected to represent Australia as an individual.

Susan and her team are absolutely ecstatic over her selection and so proud to have been given the chance to take on the rest of world. The World Equestrian Games are comprised of the World Championships for eight equestrian sports; dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, reining, vaulting and for the first time in history para equestrian dressage. The Games are held every four years and governed by the Federation Equestre International (FEI). WEG 2010 will be held from September 25th to October 10th with the Para Equestrian events on October 5th-9th.

 

WEG Selection Event
15th-18th July 2010

The Equestrian Australia Para Equestrian Team Selection Event for the World Equestrian Games (WEG) was held in conjunction with the 2010 Brighton Saddleworld Dressage NSW Young Rider Championships, at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre at Horsley Park. Beautiful weather provided perfect conditions at the equestrian centre which was purposely built 10 years ago to host the Sydney Olympic equestrian events.

In the first competition, Susan and Larundel Gelata pulled out a solid performance to score 70% and placed 2nd behind the highest scorer of the day. Results were close in the second test with Susan only 2% behind the winner. The pair were the final combination to perform their Freestyle to Music Test on the last day of competition. They received a fantastic cheer from the crowd after their final halt and salute at the end of their test. Another 2nd place in the Freestyle saw them awarded the Reserve Champions in Grade 1B.

The event was a great success for Susan and her horse Larundel Gelata, with all their intense training paying off, and with more improvement still to come. Susan would like to THANK her support team; including her mum Cecily as carer, horse groom Skye Knights, coach Matty Sormani, and team chef Pauline Wallace. She could not have done it without them. Also, another huge THANK YOU to her sponsors; Giddy Up Girl, Heritage Downs, Larundel Warmblood Stud, 2XU, Menora Stud, The McIntyre Centre, Paul Seipel Photography and the many supporters that helped her get to this event.

 

2XU Performance Centre
6th July 2010

Susan would like to introduce the newest addition to her sponsorship team: Brisbane 2XU Performance Centre. 2XU manufacture sporting apparel designed for the sports elite but of benefit to everyone. From the most evolved compression products for recovery and repair, to ultimate lightweight moisture management fabrics, the range is suitable to the wider exercising community.

Susan highly recommends there stylish gear and uses there compression garments to aid in her recovery. She finds compression can improve circulation and reduced muscle soreness and bruising. 2XU is the exclusive official compression partner of the Australian Institute of Sport and are commitment to continue to engineer the finest high performance compression apparel on the market. Check out their website: www.2xuqld.com.au

 

Susan and Gelata go to Nationals
24th-27th June 2010

The 2010 Equestrian Land Development Young Rider and Disability Modifications Para Equestrian National Dressage Championships saw over 200 horse and rider combinations gather at Queensland's Royal Toowoomba Showgrounds from Thursday 24 June through to Sunday 27 June for 4 days of spectacular competition. Riding her beautiful warmblood mare, Larundel Gelata, Susan and her support team including her carer, groom, and coach, attended the event.

Susan had great support from local equestrian clubs in the lead-up to the event which enabled her to practice the new Para Equestrian tests at open dressage competitions against able-bodied riders, this competition experience proved crucial to their preparations.

The pair had a shaky start to the competition, but achieved 2nd place in both their Team and Individual Tests. On the last day of competition, Susan and Larundel Gelata pulled out a great final performance in the Freestyle to Music Test, achieving a score of 73% and only narrowly coming second to the first place rider on 73.750%, a very close result. Overall they were awarded the Reserve National Champions in Grade 1B.

Susan would like to congratulate the organizing committees and event sponsors for running such a great championships! She would also like to thank her team, and her supporters and sponsors that made her trip possible. Susan and Larundel Gelata are now working towards competing at the Australian Team Para Equestrian Selection Event for the World Equestrian Games (WEG) which will be held at Sydney International Equestrian Centre on July 16th-18th. Susan has achieved qualifying scores for WEG and is jostling for one of four spots on the Australian Team.

 

Susan on YouTube
5th June 2010

Susan is happy to welcome her new sponsor Paul Seipel Photography to her team of supporters. Paul is an award winning photographer and professional camera assistant. Check out his work at www.paulseipelphotography.com. To celebrate her new supporter, a video including Paul Seipel's still photography and video footage of Susan riding her horse Larundel Gelata can be found in Videos.

 

AIS Camp
22nd-25th March 2010

Susan attended a four day off-horse training camp with the Equestrian Australia National Para-Equestrian Squads, held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. The camp included a tour of the AIS as well as sessions on sponsorship planning with Danielle Fraillon, a core stability presentation, strength and conditioning assessments, introduction to recovery presentation, team building exercise and (Susan's personal favorite) a nutrition presentation. The camp was also a great opportunity to meet other athletes who live and train at the AIS.

 

Susan makes Elite Squad
26th January 2010

On the Australia Day holiday, Susan and her horse 'Larundel Gelata' were officially announced members of the Para Equestrian National Elite Squad and Shadow Team for the 2010 World Equestrian Games. She is now training hard towards the team selection trials, which will decide the riders who will represent Australia at the games in Kentucky later this year. Susan will also be competing 'Menora Wildfire' in Official Pony Dressage and hopes to gain a high ranking on the National Pony Dressage Leader Board from their competition results.