I started out in horses like many teens in the 1960s, riding bareback, barefoot, helmetless and with a transistor radio dangling from my wrist. Running flat-out across fields of tall grass and riding on the shoulders of a busy four-lane roads in the suburbs of Detroit were everyday occurrences. It was a miracle I survived to write this blog!
Over the years, I’ve either dabbled in or seriously invested in just about every equine discipline out there, including, hunt seat, dressage, jumping, eventing, saddle seat, driving, western, trail, speed & action, cutting and reining. And, I’m sure I’ve come close to having owned, trained or boarded every breed of horse known to man and have owned or managed horse properties from small backyard barns to 100-stall facilities, reaching from the Mid-west to the Rockies and into the South. While doing so, I held nearly every type of horse show, to include open, breed, western, hunter/jumper, dressage and eventing. With such a diverse background, I have come to appreciate every breed and discipline. I have learned becoming an experienced horsewoman and equestrian is a never-ending journey – always more to glean from these magnificent half-ton animals we strive to connect with in body and soul.
I’ve always had a passion for writing as well, second only to my passion for horses, completing my first novel at the age of seventeen, a story about a girl and a horse, of course. I went on to get a degree in journalism and was a reporter and feature writer for years, but always wanted to return to creative writing. Now retired, I’m getting the opportunity to combine my two passions as an author of Equine Fiction. Having recently published my first book, Through the Mist, I am currently working on the sequel, Intro the Fire. You can read more about my writing and follow my progress on my website at www.susanabel.com.
Presently, I live on a small horse farm on the outskirts of Atlanta with my husband and a menagerie of animals. When I’m not riding or writing, I enjoy reading, drawing, following the Atlanta Braves, traveling and going on long hikes with my husband and our two Akitas in the north Georgia mountains.