Photo by Britt Gillis
Name: Dani Sussman
Location: Colorado, USA
We chatted with Dani to find out more about her horses, career and ambitions…
From the age of six, Dani was a member of the United States Pony Club and this is where she found her passion for eventing. She groomed for Amy Tyron, a two-time Olympian, also competing alongside her. Now, Dani owns and operates Aspire Eventing which is based in Larkspur, Colorado.
Who is the biggest influence in your career so far?
The biggest influence in my career would most certainly be Amy Tryon. I moved to Washington State in 2003 and moved into her barn. She became an incredibly close friend, as well as mentor. Her drive, ambition and talent were amazing to witness and be a part of, it certainly left a lasting impression.
What is the highlight of your career to date?
I would say I have had so many incredible moments and experiences that it is hard to name just one. Certainly having the honour to have Thurston B Howell as one of my top horses and tackling his first two star ranks up there. We always have room for improvements and the biggest of accomplishments is yet to happen….
Can you share your best advice with us?
The best advice I can give is to enjoy the day to day process of training. The showing is just icing on the cake but if you do not enjoy the day to day work, you will always be disappointed with the outcome at a show.
What are your goals for the future?
I have the short term goal (this year) of piloting Thurston B Howell to a successful finish in a CCI** and competing Bellissima in the 5 year old YEH Championships at Fair Hill. My long term (hopefully not that far away!) goal is to take one of my current horses to Land Rover Kentucky CCI****. I have groomed there for Amy Tryon and truly have the aspirations to to be a successful four-star rider.
Tell us about your horses
What are your favourite Shires Equestrian products?
My favourite Shires products are the ARMA Cross Country boots! I have little horses (finally – I used to only have 17hh and up horses until two years ago and I am only 5’1″!) and finding good, quality boots that fit little legs was really hard. ARMA makes a cob boot that fits my ponies perfectly! And they don’t cause rubs, which has always been an issue in the past. I love the protection they offer!