Suzan Strahan

Home: 775-847-7860  Cell: 775-233-9972,

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-Classic and Western Dressage instructor/trainer

-Forty years of professional equestrian experience

-BA in Psychology from UCSD

-ARICP American Riding Instructors Certified, Advanced Level Dressage
-USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist
-FEI Level competitor and coach to same.
-USEF "R" Western Carded Judge since 1987
-Attended USEF Western Dressage Judges Seminar in 2014
-Successful coach in the Western Dressage competition arena
-In addition holds a USEF/WPCSA Welsh Pony judges cards and adjudicated the Welsh Pony American Nationals 2015 Retired Judges cards in Arabian, AMHA, and Mules.

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Annelise Appleseth

    Annelise is training our young and developing horses as well as working with the students. Growing up in Minnesota, Annelise was a working student for a premier Hunter/Jumper trainer and eventually transitioned to Three Day Eventing.  

    Annelise obtained a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University specializing in young horses and reproductive endocrinology.  During her time at Iowa State, Annelise worked to train the members of the collegiate Hunter/Jumper team while also training several young horses and teaching lessons.  

    At Ironwood she will have her hands full with two stallions, young Curlies and the babies: but will be looking to add more horses and students to her schedule.

Sarah Szymkiewicz

Sarah was the little girl who constantly begged her parents to go on pony rides and stared wistfully out the car window when passing a field full of horses. She started taking riding lessons when she was 6, and by the time she was 12, her parents recognized their daughter's dedication to her passion and bought her a horse of her own. Sarah's main focus was on barrel racing and competing in gymkhanas.

She came across the Method when she got her second horse, a gelding that came with a bolting issue. A friend recommended looking up Clinton for help, and Sarah took the advice. Whereas the gelding had ruined her confidence, once Sarah began implementing the Method, she not only got her confidence back, but became a more effective horseman. "Thanks to the Method, that horse became one of my favorites and a great competitor," Sarah shares.

The results fueled her passion for horse training, which spilled over to helping other people learn how to better work with their horses. "I've always wanted to train horses, and after my years spent in lesson barns, I realized early on that training a horse is just part of the equation; if you want to be a successful trainer, you have to make sure the horse's owner understands how to work with their horse and get the same results," Sarah says.

As a Method Ambassador, Sarah is living out her dream of training horses and teaching people how to better communicate with their horses to have a safer, more enjoyable partnership with them. "The difference between being frustrated with your horsemanship and enjoying the time you spend with your horse and improving your performance really just comes down to having the right knowledge," Sarah says.