Every thought is ...
a prayer incarnate.
Every choice yields ...
Lead with your heart,
let compassion reign.
~ Susan Kayne
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. She became especially enamored with thoroughbreds when she watched Canonero II win the 1971 Kentucky Derby. The indelible impression of the little bay from Venezuela winning the biggest race in America was the seed that grew to shape her abiding love for thoroughbreds. For over three decades, Susan has raised and raced thoroughbreds, and retrained many dozens of racehorses 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.
- Throughout her youth and into adulthood Susan excelled in equestrian show jumping sports coached by Neal Shapiro, Debbie Stephens, Michael Mellor, and Anthony D'Ambrosio, Jr.
- 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 significant changes in drug usage rules in New York Racing.
- In 2015, Susan created Real Horse Rescues (RHR), a groundbreaking equine advocacy series which debuted on ABC-10 (Albany). 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 adoption and horse sponsorship.
- In 2016, Susan served as the Equine Care Manager at Equine Advocates in Chatham, NY to gentle the organization's herd of 80+ horses, mules, donkeys, and ponies who had been traumatized in cases of abuse, neglect, and near-slaughter.
- In 2017, Susan became a Certified Humane Education Specialist. It is her mission to educate students on the enrichment horses bring to the human experience, and to to foster new participation in the equine community from a place of compassion and respect for the sentience of horses.
Susan is a devoted vegan and advocates the lifestyle for ethical, environmental, and health reasons. She is a member in good standing of the US Equestrian Federation (USEF), Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).