By Subscriber/Contributor – Linda Ballou
Susan Hutchison, a petite, powerhouse, was recently inducted in the Hunter Jumper Hall of Fame. Her show jumping career has been highlighted by more than three dozen Grand Prix wins. She represented the United States at six World Cup Finals and the World Equestrian Games in Holland.
I felt honored to sit down with her beneath a shady tree at Susan Hutchison Stables in Temecula. She has about twelve prize mounts stabled there and a fistful of students she trains in between competing in International events.
I interviewed her legendary mentor, Jimmy Williams, in 1993. At that time she was his most promising protégé vying for the World Cup.
Her life has been like an arrow shot from a bow destined to hit the bull’s eye. Groomed to become a riding champion from the age of 5, she has had no desire to become anything else in this lifetime. She is totally focused on the riding world, loves what she does, and aims to win. She often competes against her own students, decades her junior. She says horse jumping is one sport that you can actually get better at with age. She has had the litany of broken bones that come with the territory, but has no intention to slow down. Her motto given to her by Jimmy “No Guts, No Glory” is tattooed on her arm.
My hat is off to Susan Hutchison. More to come about her incredible career and unshakable spirit in future articles.
Adventure-travel writer, Linda Ballou, shares Great Outdoor days in L.A, as well as a host of travel articles on her site, along with information about her travel memoir, Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales, her historical novel Wai-nani, A Voice from Old Hawai’i and her latest action-adventure novel The Cowgirl Jumped over the Moon at-www.LindaBallouAuthor.com.