As Iqbal says: 'I wandered in the pursuit of my own self; I was the traveler, and I am the destination.'
Sue Eoff grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and first rode competitively with the North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC), going on to win the President’s Cup (1982), and completing the Tevis Cup (1989). After earning a B.S. in Genetics at U.C. Davis, Sue interned at a Hungarian sport horse breeding farm, which began her interest in breeding and training techniques from around the world. Sue studied classical riding for two years in Portugal and managed a breeding farm that bred and trained Lusitanos and Anglo-Lusitanos.
After working for a classical circus trainer in France, Sue worked at a German breeding farm preparing Trakehners for inspection and sale. She then spent two months riding near Vienna, Austria with the second position rider-trainer from the Spanish Riding School.
Following her return from Europe, Sue obtained her USDF Fourth Level certification, USDF bronze and silver medals.
When she's not riding and teaching, Sue is working on her competitive ballroom dance techniques, fitness, and meditation. Twenty years of international standard ballroom dancing provided insight into lead and follow from a physical, mental, and spiritual level.
She stopped riding full time to spend four years in India examining the spiritual path, humanity, and the Self. "Understanding the two-leggeds and my deeper nature have been a remarkable journey in itself. What I learn from the depth of Source is now providing a different perspective from which to teach, train, offer Selfseeds, and live."
Education: My respect for the importance of good basics and an interest in experiencing dressage in a "pure" environment led me to Portugal to study with Señor Luis Valenca, an experience which further ignited my enthusiasm to learn classical principles of training and riding. From the beginning, I have sought to work with, observe, and talk with inspiring masters from around the world out of a respect and passion for developing a humane methodology for training.
Teaching: "To teach is to learn twice." This philosophy summarizes my interactions with my students: as I impart theories and techniques to them, I too, learn from their reactions and results, While many of my students are dressage riders, I also work with riders from other disciplines of riding (jumping, distance riding, western, and so on) and use the classical principles as a basic framework for approaching all riding.
Riding: My search to improve my riding skills has always been motivated by a desire to refine my communication with the horse: to try and develop an unobtrusive seat while applying the aids with better timing and tact. The horse, in turn, develops balance, suppleness, and self carriage through three ways of education: lungeing, work in hand, and riding. Most importantly, I keep the horse's mental integrity foremost in all of my training.
Ballroom Dancing: The insight gained in partnering as a two-legged has provided remarkable insight into the physical, mental, and soulful levels of partnering--what is involved with leading and following. A true partner is both.
Meditation: Examining stillness, Self, humanity, and the spiritual path has changed my capacity to be thoughtful, present, insightful, patient, and compassionate for both the horse and the rider.
Selfseeds: A program for riders and non-riders who want to better understand the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of walking on the path of life.