Position: Director at Large
Candidate: Sue OTT - PA
I am so honored to be considered a nominee to serve on the USLF Board of Directors.
I am one of three trainers for the FPZV Friesian Stallion Performance Testing which was held at Proud Meadows from 1999 - 2005. I was responsible for scoring the criteria needed for mares and stallions being presented for approval over a 30-day testing method. I gained the knowledge of what was needed to standardize and "better" the quality of the breed. I believe this is a way to ascertain and protect our standards of each breed.
My first experience with the Lipizzan breed was as a trainer/rider at Proud Meadows and our head riders ( Sabine Shut-Kery) personal horse was Bana Conversano A.K.A. "Desche" (registered this way from Hungary). He was a high school horse and could be a little peculiar as to who had the reins! As we had many horses to train daily, she would occasionally put him on my list. When Sabine realized that I could actually ride him tactfully, she put him on my list permanently and said ' He prefers you" ' Your the flavor of the week!" What a positive impact he has had on my life forever! Since then, I have acquired a few other Lippys (one of my favorite girls!) "Pandora " and continue to enjoy their intelligence, trainability and companionship!
I have been an active member with the USLF as well as the President of the MALA for many years continuing to promote the breed through showing , training and exhibitions. I trained for Temple Lipizzans , Proud meadows and my own business Full Count Farm. Through showing, I have received many year-end awards for high test scores from USDF and Breed Registries, not only with the Lipizzans but many other breeds to include Warmbloods and Friesians. I have continually promoted "our" horses by musical exhibition, education and history.
My past accomplishments include receiving my certification to instruct riding lessons through the reputable CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) receiving a certificate to not only instruct all disciplines to the highest levels but also as a clinician who certifies others to teach through the CHA system and standards. I have been certified since 1989 and keep up my credentials as required every three years to recertify and maintain my credentials.
My newest achievement is a work still in progress ! I am working through being a licensed judge with WDAA. I will be apprentice judging a few more times for experience and then apply for the judging license.
Evaluations and the process for our breed is a venue I am participating in as much as possible . I have just 2 recognitions for completion of the training and remain open minded to enable myself to attain more knowledge and a better educated eye. Realizing this is still a work in progress, I would love to be on the list of judging for the U.S when the criteria becomes standard and we establish a process.
I am hoping to bring my past experiences and present knowledge to the USLF Board and Members. USLF is continually growing thanks to the members and their efforts to promote and preserve the Lipizzan Breed. We have a bright future ahead and I am hoping to be a part of the building blocks! Thanks for your consideration!!! Sue Ott