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Sue has been involved with horses all her life. She started Lightacres in September of 1979. Throughout the 30 years that Sue has been a professional she has produced and ridden numerous equine year-end winners. Such horses as Streisand, Masquerade, Swingtime, Glencoe Town, High Society, Tantalizin Liza, Dear Prudence, Forever Tango, Evan, Loverboy, Okoboje, Night Tracks, Wishful Thinking, Steppin Out, Astronaut, Tule, Tiger, Pyramus, Ragtime, Pia'sadorable, Raggedy Music, Ragtime Cowboy, Rendezvous, Maillisko, Rubicon 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 Finals, the Carousel finals and the Almaden finals. Sue's students have also placed in the Onondarka finals, the PCHA Horsemanship finals, the CPHA finals, Maclay Regionals and USEF Regionals. She has trained riders in the top 5 of the USET finals and the top 30 in the Maclay National finals. Her student, Tricia Robinson, was on the Gold Medal Team of the NAYRC, finishing ninth individually. She also coached Tricia to a win in the Napa Valley Grand Prix as a junior rider. Sue has helped fellow professionals and coached young professionals in the hunter/jumper, three day and dressage disciplines. Horses and riders trained and coached by Sue continue to top the year end standings.

Sue has always had a small breeding program, which has produced many top horses. She has become very active in the Hunter Breeding Division over the last few years. Sue has been leading handler Sallie B 2009-2016. Wheeler West Coast Championships winning the Ted Fieger Memorial Award for leading handler every year since its inception. Sue has produced USEF National and Zone Champions every year since 2009, and the PCHA and NorCal champion 2009-2016. Young horses from Sue's program have been Champion and/or Reserve Champion in the International Hunter Futurity West Cost since 2008.

Sue is a USEF "R" judge, teaches clinics throughout the country and has served on numerous boards and committees governing our sport.

Since 2007, Sue Lightner has been showing youngsters in the Hunter Breeding Division very successfully. Lightacres has captured the leading Hunter Breeding titles in PCHA, NorCal and USEF Zone 10 since 2010, and has had the Champion or Reserve title nationally.

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