Susan Graham White Dressage

Welcome to Susan Graham White Dressage at WolfHaven Farm in Southern Maryland. Here, we are dedicated to furthering the education of both horses and riders. Whether you're an amateur or professional, dressage rider or eventer, a youth or an adult ... there is a place for you here.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

New Puppy and a New Album for Susan Graham White: SGW August Update

Susan and her scribe at Richland, Judi getting "ratted".
Do you know the tradition? 
August proved to be another super busy month for Susan! Between judging at the Richland Park Horse Trials, coaching her students and releasing her latest studio album, it was an exciting time! During her time at Richland, Susan even adopted a new puppy from the trade fair's dog rescue booth. "Jackson" enjoyed his first ever plane ride and is now happily settling into farm life at Susan's home.

The eventing community has taken notice of Susan's music career and recently published an article about her most recent studio album, Lost Art. Susan hasn't released an album in quite sometime, but tells Eventing Nation that now was the opportune time. Read what Susan had to say about this new album HERE!

The newest addition to Wolfhaven Farm!

Kat Sepka and Riffraff

Student Results


-Kat Sepka and Riffraff finished in 3rd place in the 2nd level Test 3 division and also WON the 2nd Level Test 1 division on Day 1 of the VADA-CH Isabel F de Szinay Memorial Dressage Show in Culpepper, Virginia. Day 2 brought even better results for Kat where she went on to WIN the 2nd Level Test 1 and 2nd Level Test 3 divisions with Riffraff. The pair also won the USDF/Dover Saddlery Adult Amateur Medal in the 2nd Level Test 3 division, as the medal is awarded to highest placed amateur in that particular division.

Vanessa Meeks and Fiona Tetti
-Vanessa Meeks rode her own Fiona Tetti at the Dressage By Chance show where she WON her Second Level Test 1 division and went on to finish in 2nd place in the Second Level Test 3 division. The second day brought continued success where she finished in 2nd place in the Second Level Test 1 division and also finished in 2nd place in the Second Level Test 3 division. Vanessa also went on to ride at the VADAF Dressage at Rose Mount Farm I where she WON the Second Level Test 1 division and finished in 2nd place in the Second Level Test 3 division.

Ride with Susan Graham White

While Susan is always available for lessons at her farm, she often travels for clinics as well. Below is a quick list of upcoming clinic dates … be sure to email the organizers if you’d like to join in!

Sunday, September 17th at Trevi Manor (Lothian, MD): cheriechauvin@hotmail.com



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Student Success and New Album News: SGW June Update

June brought another full month of exciting events! Susan’s students continue to improve and a bunch of them really shined at the PVDA Ride 4 Life. Katie Domino added a few more wins to her record with Susan’s Revelle (“Huey”) at Fourth Level and Cherie Chauvin, Emily Scott and Kat Sepka brought in impressive results at their levels as well.

Susan has also been spending a lot of time in the recording studio finishing up her latest album, ‘Lost Art,' that features an impressive range of songs. You can catch Susan performing live at Rams Head on Stage on August 9th  in Annapolis, Maryland. The concert will benefit the Progressive Equestrian TherapeuticServices, Inc. (PETS, Inc.) is a 501(3)(c) non-profit, all volunteer therapeutic horseback riding organization serving persons with various disabilities. To learn more about the event and to buy tickets, please click HERE!

Katie Domino and Revelle ("Huey") at PVDA Ride 4 Life.
Student Results
-Cherive Chauvin and No Objection finished in 2nd place in the Third Level Test 1 Open division and they also finished in 4th place in Third Level Test 3 Open/GAIG division at Ride 4 Life. Cherie and No Objection also went on to finish in 6th place in the Novice-A division at the Maryland Horse Trials two weeks later.

-Katie Domino and Revelle WON their Fourth Level Test 1 Open division and went on to also WIN their Fourth Level Test 3 Open/BLM division. They rounded out their weekend with a 3rd place finish in the Fourth Level Test 1 Open division at Ride 4 Life. Katie went on to earn a 2nd place finish with Carlisle Grain in the 4-year-old Future Event Horse division at the Maryland Horse Trials.

-Emily Scott rode Roxanne to a 3rd place finish in the Second Level Test 3 Open/GAIG/Medal division and they also finished in 3rd place in the Second Level Test 3 Open/GAIG division at Ride 4 Life.

-Kat Sepka and Riffraff finished in 2nd place in the Second Level Test 1 Open division and 4th place
Kat & Emily having fun at PVDA Ride 4 Life!
in the Second Level Test 3 Open/GAIG/Medal. The pair went on to finish in 3
rd place in the Second Level Test 1 Open division and 2nd in the Second Level Test 3 Open/GAIG division at Ride 4 Life.

Ride with Susan Graham
While Susan is always available for lessons at her farm, she often travels for clinics as well. Below is a quick list of upcoming clinic dates … be sure to email the organizers if you’d like to join in!

Sunday, July 23rd at Trevi Manor (Lothian, MD): cheriechauvin@hotmail.com
Sunday, July 30th at Trevi Manor (Lothian, MD): cheriechauvin@hotmail.com
Tuesday, August 1st @ A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD): margaret@mythiclanding.com

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Susan Goes to Devon: June SGW Dressage Update

The big event this past month was the $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing on May 28th as part of the historic Devon Horse Show.  This was the first time for the event at Devon, so there was a lot of nervous anticipation leading up to the event. And overall, Susan was really pleased with the event and thought that it was a positive experience for everyone involved. Sunday evening is typically a slow evening at Devon, and everyone was pleased to see that the bleachers were packed for the showcase!

Special mention should go to Captain Mark Phillips for designing a really super course that was quite challenging, while still being very safe for both the horses and riders. And a big CONGRATS to Sara Kozumplik Murphy for her flawless rounds on Rubens D’Ysieux! Click here to watch Sara’s winning round.

Margaret & Stilts (photo courtesy Mike McNally)
 Student Results
- Cherie Chauvin and No Objection finished 7th in the Open Novice division at Waredaca.
- Katie Domino and Bayou Bengal WON their Training division at The Maryland Horse Trials Starter #3.
- Margaret McKelvy and Runsonstilts placed 6th in the Preliminary Rider division at Wareadaca Horse Trials.
- Nan Schumaker successfully moved up to Preliminary with her longtime partner La Cosa Nostra (“Kozi”) at Virginia Horse Trials

Stay tuned for a full report from PVDA’s Ride for Life later this month!

Ride with Susan Graham White
While Susan is always available for lessons at her farm, she often travels for clinics as well. Below is a quick list of upcoming clinic dates … be sure to email the organizers if you’d like to join in!

Tuesday, June 20th @ A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD): margaret@mythiclanding.com

Tuesday, August 1st@ A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD): margaret@mythiclanding.com

Katie & Bayou Bengal

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Students Shine: May Update from SGW Dressage

Nan Schumaker with MHIB's Jim Steele
 The big news of the month is that Susan got the notification that she officially got her “R” Dressage Sport Horse Breeding (DSHB) license! This will now allow her to judge at breeding championships around the country.

The big student news of the month is that Nan Schumaker won the Touch of Class award presented by the Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB)! This award was established in 2011 to honor Maryland horses, individuals, teams, organizations or events that demonstrate the highest standards of excellence in the Maryland Horse Industry. We’re so thrilled for Nan to have received this award due to her top placing with La Cosa Nostra (aka Kozi)! 

Cherie & No Objection after a successful dressage test!
Student Results
 Susan’s eventing students have been quite busy this spring already and have brought in some great results!  Here’s a quick snapshot:
·           Cherie Chauvin with No Objection: 3rd at MCTA Horse Trials in Open Beginner Novice-2

·           Margaret McKelvy successfully moved her young horse, Runsonstilts, up to Preliminary at Loudoun Horse Trials

·           Nan Schumaker with La Cosa Nostra: 1st at MCTA Horse Trials in Sunday Training-1

·           Kelley Williams successfully moved her young horse, Very Tasteful, up to Intermediate at Plantation Field Horse Trials



Margaret was thrilled with Stilts at their first Prelim!

Ride with Susan Graham White
While Susan is always available for lessons at her farm, she often travels for clinics as well. Below is a quick list of upcoming clinic dates … be sure to email the organizers if you’d like to join in!

Saturday & Sunday, May 20th & 21st @ Trevi Manor (Lothian, MD): cheriechauvin@hotmail.com

Tuesday, June 20th @ A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD): margaret@mythiclanding.com

Monday, April 17, 2017

Back Home and Back in the Saddle: April Update from SGW Dressage



Since coming home from Florida, Susan has been on the road constantly for various teaching and judging commitments. At the beginning of the month, Susan flew out to California for the FEI Judges Seminar held at Galway Downs in Temecula. From there, Susan was only home for a few days before flying down to Georgia to be an official at the Chattachoochee Hills CIC.

In between these trips, Susan was teaching at Katie Domino’s and couldn’t help herself but to have a ride on Huey (aka Revelle)!

Photo courtesy Chelsea Spears 

Student Results
Susan’s eventing students have been quite busy this spring already and have brought in some great results!  Here’s a quick snapshot:
·      Katie Domino with Bayou Bengal: 10th in Novice at The Maryland Horse Trials Starter #1
·      Elissa Ogburn with Land Run: 1st in Beginner Novice-A at Full Moon Farm Spring Starter Horse Trials
·      Nan Schumaker with La Cosa Nostra: 3rd in the Modified Division at The Fork Horse Trials
·      Kelley Williams with Very Tasteful: 24th in the CIC1* at Carolina International

Ride with Susan Graham White
While Susan is always available for lessons at her farm, she often travels for clinics as well. Below is a quick list of upcoming clinic dates … be sure to email the organizers if you’d like to join in!

Saturday, April 22nd @ Trevi Manor (Lothian, MD): cheriechauvin@hotmail.com
Tuesday, April 25th @ A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD): margaret@mythiclanding.com

Susan will also be judging at Jersey Fresh International CCI & CIC in May, so if you are there, be sure to say hello!



Thursday, March 16, 2017

March Update from SGW Dressage

As Susan prepares for her trip back to Maryland, she was able to reflect a bit on her time here in Florida. Unlike other years when she had been juggling training her own horses with her busy teaching and judging schedule, this year was slightly less busy without any horses to care for. Susan took full advantage of taking extra time to visit with friends and tour some of the tourist spots in the area. While Florida was much fun this year, Susan is very much looking forward to getting home to her horses. Her rehab has been going quite well in Florida, so the next step is to get back in the saddle!

Clinician Chris Ryan, Susan and FEH Co-chair Robin Walker
While in Florida, the big project was the Young Horse Symposium held in Ocala from February 20th thru 22nd.  This symposium was a combination of efforts from the USEA’s Instructor Certification Program (ICP) along with the Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) Programs. The symposium featured some of the world’s best clinicians including Chris Burton, Chris Ryan, and Leslie Law, along with FEH/YEH committee chairs Robin Walker, Marilyn Payne and Susan. To read summaries of the symposium, click on these great articles by the USEA:


SGW Dressage students continue to thrive even in the off season!  We received word that Nan Schumaker will be receiving the Touch of Class Award presented by the Maryland Horse Industry Board to honor her and Kozi’s (aka La Cosa Nostra) 2016 achievements. We haven’t received word as to when Nan will be receiving her award, but we hope to share photos from the ceremony in a future blog!

The other big news on the horse front is that there are plans to do an embryo transfer from Quinn, and using Rev as the carrier. Diamond Stud, a Canadian stallion by Diamond Hit, is the first choice of stallions. So hopefully all the stars align to make this happen.

While Susan has been in Florida, her horses have been staying Domino Equestrian in Maryland. Susan was delighted when her student Kat Sepka stopped by to see them and sent her these photos to make her laugh: 
Diamond Quinn ("Quincy")

Revelle ("Huey")

Revonne ("Rev")


Photo courtesy Sharon Boyle
Ride with Susan Graham White
While Susan is always available for lessons at her farm, she often travels for clinics as well. Below is a quick list of upcoming clinic dates … be sure to email the organizers if you’d like to join in!
Wednesday, March 22nd @ A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD): Margaret@mythiclanding.com
Saturday, March 25th @ Trevi Manor (Lothian, MD): cheriechauvin@hotmail.com
Saturday, April 22nd @ Trevi Manor (Lothian, MD): cheriechauvin@hotmail.com


Susan will also be at the FEI Judges Seminar at Galway Downs in California from March 29th thru April 2nd, and judging at the Chattahoochee Hills CIC in Georgia from April 6th thru 9th. If you’re at either event, be sure to say hi!
Photo courtesy Saul Slowik