Susan Rogers has been riding, driving and training horses in Vermont for over 20 years. She and her Welsh-Arab gelding Noble Gesture are well-known, and their performances are highly anticipated, at pleasure shows and CDE competitions throughout New England. Sue is currently competing with Rory, her Welsh Cob mare (Quillane Aurora (by Quillane Apollo).
Sue started driving at the age of nine, when she was invited to work and train at a local stable after catching and returning their runaway pony. Before long, Sue and Peanuts were giving rides at birthday parties and the local ice cream parlor, and driving in parades. Sue began competing some years later, with her 12.2 Welsh pony Santes Belami, at area 4H shows. She then joined the Vermont Equine Riding and Driving Association (VERDA), and drove in competitive ride-and-drives. After a successful showing at the Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) Fall Driving Classic, she tried combined driving and was instantly hooked!
Sue acquired Noble Gesture as a yearling in 1994, and began training him for a career in combined driving. In 2001 Sue and Noble won the prestigious Bellcrown Carriage-sponsored Preliminary Pony North American Challenge. Competitors participated in an eight-event venue, amassing points toward the overall title. There were 75 entries in the preliminary single pony division.
Sue and Noble have competed at the FEI (advanced) level at driving events throughout the eastern United States. From the Bromont CDE in Canada, to The Laurels in Pennsylvania, and those in between – Blainville, Garden State, Gladstone, GMHA, Winchester, Waldingfield – Sue and Noble have made their mark. Sue is long listed with the United States Equestrian Team.
Sue conducts private and group driving lessons and clinics, trains horses and ponies to drive, provides advice on carriages and harness, and coordinates fun drives and events from her barn and from other area venues. Sue has recently become a Learner Judge for combined driving and dressage.