Davis, Calif. Two-time World Equestrian Games athlete (2010 and 2014) Treabess (Winters, Calif.) has had to sit the past four years out of the international Para-Dressage ring focusing on her horse training business and family. “We’ve been busy since 2014 WEG in France,” laughed Treabess, “my husband and I bought a 20 acre 40 horse training facility, remodeled it and then we had our second son.”
No stranger to the international dressage ring, earlier this year Treabess and her 2014 WEG mount Kamiakin became the first US Para Dressage duo to cross over to Small Tour International able-bodied Dressage. Five months pregnant with her second son, Susan entered the CDI ring in the Prix St George’s and I1 classes at the Golden State Dressage Festival placing in the top five with an impressive field of professionals and international horses. An
unprecedented day for US Para Dressage, Treabess was ecstatic as to how this could help promote Para Dressage in the United States, “I’m very proud of the fact the “Para’s” have broken yet another glass ceiling. I’ve been an advocate for the expansion of the Para Dressage sport here in the US for the past 10 years and would love to see it included in the major CDIs and shows in Southern California. It’s important to remain tied to the able-bodied Dressage world for those of us who can do it not only for the promotion of the Para Dressage sport but also as a reminder of its importance in inspiring riders with disabilities as well as those without.”
Although Treabess has had to take the past few years off of international Para-Dressage competition, she has remained involved through coaching, mentoring and sponsoring up-and-coming Grade III rider Ashleigh Flores-Simmons. “The support and sponsorship that I’ve received from Susan has been paramount to my success as a rider in both Able-Bodied and Para-Dressage,” said Flores-Simmons. “Her guidance as a coach has enabled me to progress leaps and bounds in the four years that I have been riding with her. Susan is a wonderful mentor and I am so grateful to have her as an essential part of my team.”
Treabess is looking forward to getting back in to the game. She plans to campaign Kamiakin in Florida for the Para Dressage WEG qualifiers in January then head back to California and campaign within the Small Tour for the spring.
Susan Treabess became involved in U.S. Para Dressage in 2007 and has had her own training business since 2010. Born without her left hand Treabess has competed as a Grade V Para-Dressage rider in addition to riding in able-bodied Dressage. Treabess and Kamiakin, a 2005 PRE stallion owned in partnership with Katie and Scott Hill of the Netherlands, have been partners since 2011 when Kamiakin came to her as a Training Level six-year-old. In 2014, Kamiakin became the first PRE horse to represent the United States in a World Games and was recognized as Horse of the Year for their accomplishments.