Susan Hutchison has won over 30 Grand Prix show jumping competitions earning her such prestigious titles as Rider of the Year by The Chronicle Of The Horse, Leading West Coast Rider award for the World Cup, American Grand Prix Association Rider of the Year and was the first recipient of the Mark Muller Perpetual Sportsmanship Award of the Pacific Coast Horse Show Association.
Susie started riding by the age of five at the Flintridge Riding Club. As a pupil of the legendary horseman Jimmy A. Williams, Riding Master at Flintridge, Susan won all the horseman finals offered on the West Coast while she was a junior rider. Aboard her horse Red Baron at the Indio National Horse Show, she jumped a record 7 foot high puissance wall at the age of 18. At the age of 12, she had been Reserve Champion in the Junior Hunter division at the New York’s National Horse Show. From ages 12 through 18, she was either Champion or Reserve Champion Hunter Seat rider of the Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association.
At age 18, she became a professional, partnering with her mentor Jimmy A. Williams at Flintridge. Countless additional championships came her way in both the hunter and jumper divisions. She also contributed to the training of Anne Kursinski, who was reserve rider for the United States Equestrian Team at the 1984 Olympic Games, and an Olympian in both Seoul and Barcelona. Other students have included Lisa Kursinski, Cece Durante Bloome, Laurie Fieger, Francie Steinwedell Carven and Gigi Gaston. Students Laurie Masto and Katherine Ginzton have acquitted themselves with distinction at the national finals in Hunt Seat Equitation.
Hutchison rode for the United States Equestrian Team at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Canada, qualified and competed four times in the World Cup Finals once in in Paris, France, and three times in Sweden aboard three different horses (Samsung Woodstock, ASAP, and High Heels), and represented the United States at he National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden.