Instuctors

SUZI FILINGER

Head Trainer and Owner of Trillium Stables.  Suzi has been involved in the horse industry for over 20 years.  She has trained hunters, jumpers, and equitation horses to all levels and instructed many riders in the same disciplines. She has instructed MaClay riders, qualified students for M&S Finals, IEA Finals, and qualified ponies for pony finals. 

Suzi received her BA in Equine Studies from Virginia Intermont College in 1993.  She has been professionally instructing and training in Central New York since graduating.  She was barn manager and head trainer of Springwood Stables for 11 years, then purchased property in 2005 and opened her own business as Trillium Stables Inc. 

Suzi is an active member of the USEF, USHJA and a professional member of the Syracuse PHA.  Previously she was a leader of Sunset Riders 4-H group, manages summer camps, clinics, and manages a local show series with two other barns. 

Suzi truly cares for the welfare of the horse and the safety of the rider and always stresses horsemanship along with teaching the basics of riding.

Suzi
TAYLOR DOWD

Born and raised in Michigan, Taylor grew up with a deep love and interest in horses. Enrolling in regular lessons at a hunter/jumper barn at the young age of 6, Taylor continued her education through years of competing at horse shows on the hunter/jumper circuit, acting as a working student through her teenage years, riding in several clinics with Greg Best and various others, and breaking and training several of her own horses. In January 2014, Taylor moved to Northern Michigan as barn manager and assistant trainer for Katie Colfer at K. Colfer Sporthorses, a hunter/jumper and dressage facility. Here, Taylor began learning some of the classical dressage principals and has greatly encorporated these into her training and teaching techniques. Making a move to Central New York at the end of 2016, Taylor is eager and excited for the opportunities ahead of her here!

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