Susan Lanigan-O'Keeffe has 50 years riding experience! She's competed as an International rider in Three day Eventing and Showjumping. She has innumerable wins in the showring from 12.2 ponies onward. Many times champion including Dublin, Wembley, Royal International and others. She represented Ireland in European Championships at Burghley when aged only 16. Susie was Master of Tara Harriers for 10 years with her cousin George Briscoe. Her mother "Dan" Lanigan-O'Keeffe was a well known judge especially of Connemaras and her grandparents reared and trained T.B. racehorses.
Power has 45 years experience in all aspects of horsemastership
at the amateur level with more involvement in the managerial side
including running her parents TB stud farm, secretarial duties
in Pony Clubs, Riding Clubs, and P.R.O for the Irish Draught Horse
Society in its early days. She has judged many young stock and
mare classes in Ireland and the UK and recently has acted many
times as an Inspector at both Stallion and Mare inspections representing
both the Irish Draughts and the Irish Sport horse. In 2003 judged
the IDHSNA Show at Morvan Park, Virginia, USA.
Together as SUMA STUD:
Both Susie and Marily have BHS qualifications from their youth, and have started many students from the Suma Stud who have gone on to own or run establishments. Their basic belief is that nothing is as good as hands-on experience and at Suma Stud students have the opportunity to work with stallions as "normal" horses, and to follow foals from pre-conception to young riding horse.
Our aims for the future, to breed & produce a world class showjumper, and help educate and inspire the next generation of horse breeding enthusiasts!
Susie and Marily (SU-MA) started Suma Stud in 1977 when they became partners in a venture to try to re-establish the Irish Draught horse. Both had been aware of the disappearance of the good farm mare that was being constantly bred to the Thoroughbred in order to produce a jumper/hunter for sale to the UK market. This was the time when Ireland was taking off in its economy and families whose grandfathers used to work horses were now coming back to keep a horse and children from the cities were learning to ride. We were told that all the good mares had gone to the slaughterhouse as the tractor had taken over but we travelled the country to find the mares were still there but many were old and barren. Fortunately with good veterinary work and a bit of luck we never failed to breed from any of the mares we bought and some went on to found a dynasty for us, and for the I.D. breed, like Carlisheen Molly, Mrs. Thatcher and later on Brosna Queen and Softee. We also found our star stallion without whom we would not have been able to go on, PRIDE OF SHAUNLARA.
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