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.

TAYLOR DOWD

Born and raised in Southwest Michigan, Taylor grew up with a deep love for horses. Enrolling in regular lessons at a Hunter/Jumper barn at the young age of 6, Taylor has since consistently been continuing her education. She has spent years competing at horse shows, acted as a working student as a teenager, and breaking and training horses. Taylor is an active member of USEF and USHJA and has ridden in clinics including Greg Best, Melanie Smith-Taylor, Ronny Reimer, and George Morris. In January 2014, Taylor decided to take the plunge into professional status and established Dowd Equestrian. She then moved to Northern Michigan to manage and train at a reputable Hunter/Jumper and Dressage facility. In October 2016, Taylor moved her business to Central New York where she joined the Trillium Stables team! 

Taylor finds great pride and pleasure teaching riding lessons and working with green horses. She focuses her teaching and riding style toward all around horsemanship, in the saddle and on the ground, with an emphasis on confidence and strong classical flatwork. Taylor’s goal is to teach teamwork by producing riders that greatly advocate for the horse’s comfort and care while also helping horses find confidence and desire to willingly perform their job.