With combined experience in academia and horsemanship, Suzanne Myers, M.S., Ph.D., founder of Next Level Horsemanship, is a unique talent in the equine industry today.
Suzanne is a true horsewoman with a lifetime of horse training experience and the education and knowledge to ensure the best training and care for your horses. Suzanne brings a real professionalism to the horses she trains and the clients she serves.
From colt starting to competitions and exhibitions, Suzanne’s expertise in training all breeds spans a wide range of disciplines. Her unique and broad based Training Program combines the best of Natural and Classical Horsemanship for a difference you can truly feel.
Suzanne’s respected reputation in training horses has made her one of the areas most sought after trainers to handle difficult or “problem” horses. Her unique understanding of horse behavior combined with years of experience and knowledge gives her a creative edge in training to develop trust, communication, and ultimately the well trained horse.
Suzanne competes in AQHA and NRHA sanctioned Reining competitions and also in Dressage. She is a former licensed exercise rider for the Thoroughbred racing industry, and is regularly employed to gentle and train wild mustangs and other feral breeds (find out more about her relationship with Mustangs here).
Educated at The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, Suzanne has a Doctorate Degree in Pathobiology, a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Science, and a B.S. in Animal Production. Suzanne is a former faculty member and section head at the Pennsylvania State University’s Animal Diagnostic Laboratory. She has worked extensively in applied diagnostics and research with an emphasis on equine immunology and infectious diseases. Suzanne has published several peer-reviewed articles, presented at many national venues including The Annual Conference for Research Workers in Animal Disease and The American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.
Suzanne has been involved in various equine research and education initiatives and has partnered with Penn State University to provide hands on opportunities for students to further their understanding of equine behavior and training, through an exciting and educational university externship program at Next Level Horsemanship. “The students are very excited about the externship program with NLH,” Suzanne explains. “It’s a great opportunity for them to learn an entirely fresh approach to training horses. They get a variety of experiences from hands-on training, to farm management, marketing and promotion. They really get to see how an understanding of horse behavior is critical to being an effective handler and what the real possibilities are with true horsemanship.”
Suzanne and her husband, Glenn, and daughter, Brooke, reside in Port Matilda, PA.
Next Level Horsemanship
Suzanne developed Next Level Horsemanship, a Training Program that instills Partnership and develops Performance through the implementation of a broad based and well rounded training module. Next Level Horsemanship accepts students for Internships and provides invaluable opportunities for hands-on experiences in training, clinics, demonstrations, exhibitions, and showing. Horses and riders have been trained from throughout the United States.
Midwest Mustang Challenge Winner
In 2008 Suzanne won the Midwest Mustang Challenge, Madison, WI, competing with 56 of the nation’s top horse trainers. She was the FIRST WOMAN to win the Mustang Heritage Foundation sponsored event in which trainers had just 90 days to gentle, start and prepare a wild mustang for competition and freestyle performances. The techniques of her Next Level Horsemanship Training Program proved successful with Jazz, a wild mustang, and are just as successful with all breeds.
Jazz, the mustang who shared the honor with Suzanne, became a member of the Next Level Horsemanship family…Suzanne successfully bid on him after the competition. “We were thrilled to bring Jazz home again with us,” says Suzanne. “He is a real champion, and an example of success of the Next Level Horsemanship Training Program.” Read more about Suzanne and Jazz here).
With the Mustang Heritage Foundation, Suzanne continues her involvement as an official trainer of the mustangs and as a volunteer spokesperson for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to promote the successful adoption of this all-American breed.
In 2009, her then 9 year old daughter, Brooke, and two Next Level Horsemanship assistant trainers, took three top ten finishes from over 100 competitors at the Extreme Mustang Makeover, Eastern Stampede competition in Murfreesboro, TN…her daughter, Brooke, was honored with Reserve Champion with her Mustang, Jacuzzi. Read more about Brooke and Jacuzzi here.
Next Level Horsemanship Clinics, Demonstrations, Seminars
Next Level Horsemanship clinics, demonstrations, and seminars have been scheduled at some of the largest Expos in the country, including Equine Affaire, MA; Midwest Horse Fair, WI; Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo, Indiana; The Horse World Expo, PA and the Farm Show, the largest of its kind in the world, Harrisburg, PA, just to name a few. Hands-on training clinics involving participants are also scheduled throughout the year both at the NLH facility and other host locations. Get more information on clinics here.
Equine Masters Challenge
Suzanne is also the producer of the Equine Masters Challenge, a new and unique multi-disciplinary competition designed to test competitors’ horsemanship skills, versatility and equestrian savvy. The Equine Masters Challenge is an in-depth equine competition that includes, horsemanship, versatility challenges, team building tests, obstacles, and freestyle performances with an entertaining and informative game show flare. “This Challenge is uniquely designed to showcase the abilities of riders and their horses. It’s a lot of fun to participate in or to watch,” says Suzanne. Learn more about the EMC here.
2008 Midwest Mustang Challenge Winner, Madison, WI:
Over 50 (56) trainers from across the country take 90 days to gentle, train and compete in both in-hand and riding courses, as well as a free-style event with a randomly assigned wild mustang. Mustangs are virtually untouched. First woman to win this Challenge.
2009 Mustang Magic Challenge: Top 10 Finalist, Fort Worth, TX
2009 Extreme Mustang Makeover, Eastern Stampede, Murfreesboro, TN:
Three top-10 finishes for Next Level Horsemanship trainers, including Reserve Grand Champion in youth division for then 9 year old, Brooke Myers, daughter of Suzanne and Glenn Myers.
Clinics, Expos, Presentations
Equine Affaire, Springfield, MA
Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo, Indianapolis, IN
Mid-West Horse Fair, Madison, WI
Horse World Expo, Harrisburg, PA
Pennsylvania Farm Show, Harrisburg, PA
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