Sue Lightner Horsemanship Clinic

June 25th to 26th

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Sue Lightner brings 35 years of training and experience riding numerous year-end winners to our riders and boarders at Bell Mountain Ranch Equestrian Center. Her clinic, covering two days of group training and coaching, will help you improve your performance, schooling, and technical skills while at home or on the course. She will help you fill in any gaps in your and your horse’s performance and drive you to the next level of riding.

At Bell Mountain Ranch Equestrian Center we design every clinic to help you strengthen your bond with your horse, improve your horsemanship, and share the knowledge you need while schooling at home or working on technical skills when on course.

The Sue Lightner Clinic will feature three different sessions, depending on your goals and experience. Upon registration, please select which session you have the most interest in.


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Clinic Details

When: June 25th to June 26th

Where: North Pointe Indoor Arena, Bell Mountain Ranch Equestrian Center

Price: $250. Registration includes one (1) Auditor pass and daily lunch. Additional auditors are $30.

Length: Each session is 90 minutes in length.

Stabling: Stabling may be available but space is limited.

Additional Sessions: Depending on interest, we may add a 3’ to 3’3 session. If you are interested, please let us know when you register.

This is your personal invitation to join us for this carefully-crafted clinic!


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Clinic Sessions

The Sue Lightner Clinic will feature three different sessions, depending on your goals and experience. Upon registration, please select which session you have the most interest in.

SESSION ONE: For riders regularly schooling 2’9 at home wanting to improve their equitation performance as well as their horsemanship while schooling at home.

SESSION TWO: For riders regularly schooling 2’3 at home wanting to fill the gaps to move on to the next level of riding as well as for those wishing to develop their technical skills while on course.

SESSION THREE: For riders wanting to improve their equitation on the flat and flatwork routine with their horse.

POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL SESSION: Depending on interest, we may add a 3’ to 3’3 session. If you are interested, please note it when you register.

10% discount when you register before April 1st! 

Use coupon code “CLINIC10” at checkout.


About the instructor

Sue Lightner has been involved with horses all of her life. Sue has been fortunate in her life to be able to be involved with many breeds and disciplines. Though the Hunter Jumper discipline has been the primary focus of her professional career, Sue has been involved in and competed with western and reining horses, cutting horses, Saddlebreds, Arabians, Morgans, and Quarter Horses as well. She had the good fortune to study colt starting with Ray Hunt. This varied background has given her a unique perspective on horses and horsemanship.

Sue owned and operated her training business, Lightacres from 1979 to 2017. During that time she produced and rode numerous year-end winners. Such horses as Streisand, Masquerade, Swingtime, Glencoe Town, High Society, Tantalizin’ Liza, Dear Prudence, Forever Tango, Evan, Loverboy, Okoboji, Night Tracks, Wishful Thinking, Steppin’ Out, Astronaut, Tule Tiger, Ragtime, Pia’sadorable, Raggedy Music, Ragtime Cowboy, Rendezvous, Maillisko, Winning Ticket, Rubicon, Cruising, Catira and Valentine, ( to name a few) have been trained, ridden, shown or started by Sue. Students coached by Sue have won the NorCal Jr. Medal Finals three times, the NorCal Pony Final, the Horse and Hound Final, the Carousel Final and the Almaden Finals. Sue’s students have also placed in the Onondarka finals, the PCHA Horsemanship Finals, the CPHA finals the CPHA Foundation Finals, Maclay Regionals and USEF regionals.She has trained riders in the top 5 of the USEF Talent Search Finals and the top 30 in the Maclay National Finals.

The breeding and young horse program Sue developed at Lightacres produced many champions. From 2009 to 2016, Sue’s breeding program produced USEF National and Zone 10 Champions, and the PCHA and NorCal Champion in the Hunter Breeding. Every year from 2008 to 2016, Sue’s program produced the Champion and/or Reserve Champion in the International Hunter Futurity West Coast.  Sue was the leading handler at the Sallie B. Wheeler USEF Hunter Breeding Championships West from 2009 through 2016.

Sue is a USEF “R” judge and has served on numerous boards and committees governing our sport. She has helped fellow professionals and coached young professionals in the hunter/jumper, three day and dressage disciplines. Since selling her farm in 2017, Sue is enjoying teaching clinics and consulting with other professionals.