Susan's life embodies her deep love and profound appreciation for horses.
Susan began riding at age 2, and quickly developed a passion for all things Horse. Throughout her youth and into adulthood she excelled in equestrian sports coached by Neal Shapiro, Debbie Stephens, and Anthony D'Ambrosio, Jr.
The 1971 Kentucky Derby, won by Canonero II, etched a sacred place for thoroughbreds in Susan. For three decades, she raised and raced thoroughbreds, and retrained many dozens for second careers. She has participated in most of the world’s major show-jumping events and thoroughbred race meets, through personal competition or press engagements.
In 2003, while galloping racehorses for world-renowned trainers Todd Pletcher and Bill Mott, Susan debuted her TV series UNBRIDLED (CBS-6 Albany) from the backstretch in Saratoga. In its first season, the series earned the US Equestrian Federation's coveted Pegasus Award for Broadcast Media Excellence. Multiple Telly Awards followed. Unbridled TV, and its spin-off Ireland Unbridled syndicated and broadcast nationwide through 2013.
In 2004, with the support of leading thoroughbred owner Sandy Goldfarb, Susan founded the Unbridled Thoroughbred Foundation (UTF), to provide time, safety, and rehabilitation to retiring, or injured racehorses. Susan's vision foreshadowed the industry's popular 'AfterCare' movement. Today, UTF funds, reconnects, and places 'kill pen' thoroughbreds in safe havens. Through educational outreach, UTF raises awareness of slaughter-bound thoroughbreds.
In 2012, Susan spoke out about the wanton abuse use of Clenbuterol in horse racing. She and her injured racehorse Bourbon Bandit, appeared on Page One of the New York TImes in a 3-page article that expedited sweeping changes in drug usages in New York Racing.
In 2015, Susan created Real Horse Rescues (RHR), a groundbreaking equine advocacy series. ABC-10 (Albany) debuted the series on July 4th. RHR connected viewers with local equine rescues, sanctuaries, and adoption organizations as a community resource for education and enjoyment. In conjunction with RHR, Susan conducted hands-on equine engagement workshops to help organizations increase successful long-term adoptions and horse sponsorships.
In 2016, Susan joined forces with Equine Advocates in Chatham, NY. She serves as the organization's Equine Care Manager, and oversees a herd of 80+ horses, mules, donkeys, and ponies rescued from abuse, neglect, and slaughter.
Susan liberally gives of her equine expertise to share the enrichment horses bring to the human experience. It is her mission to foster new participation in the equine community from a place of compassion and respect for the sentience of horses. A path which has her in pursuit of her doctorate in Humane Education.
Susan is a devoted vegan and advocates the lifestyle for ethical, environmental, and health reasons.
Every thought is ...
a prayer incarnate.
Every choice yields ...
Lead with your heart,
let compassion reign.
~ Susan Kayne
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