Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Susan D. Tinder showed Quarter Horses in her early years, and in 1982 she was named the Ohio Quarter Horse Association’s Reserve All-Around Amateur. Sue was high point in Western Horsemanship, English Equitation, and Hunter Under Saddle. She also accumulated national AQHA points in Hunter Hack, Amateur Trail, and Amateur Pole Bending on her horse Lady Biddersweet, as well as numerous state and national all-around awards.
Sue then went on to a 25-year career in accounting and finance, holding such positions as Treasurer for LCI International, Inc., Managing Director for McLernon and Associates, Ltd., Controller for the Rummler-Brache Group, Ltd., and Executive Vice President for Dynegy, Inc. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Capital University and a Masters Degree in Finance from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Following the sale of a telecom broadband company that she helped found, Sue retired from corporate life and made her way back into the horse world. She has shown a number of horses on the “AA” rated hunter/jumper circuit and has been successful on both coasts. Her most notable success was with her Westphalin gelding, Five Nines, in the Adult Amateur Hunter Division.
Sue purchased her farm, Tolland Falls, in 2003. Sue continues to manage the farm’s evolution into one of Colorado’s most respected equestrian facilities. A published author, Sue's book, the Jump Course Design Manual – How to Plan and Set Practice Course for Schooling Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation Riders published by Trafalgar Square Books, remains on the publisher’s Best Seller list. Endorsed by such notables as George H. Morris and Geoff Teal, as well as garnering favorable reviews from the Chronicle of the Horse and Practical Horseman, Sue’s book covers all of the basics on the theory of course design as well as how to plan and set practice courses for schooling Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation riders and includes over 100 course diagrams to inspire you in setting your own courses for jumping at home.