Photo by Gretel Daugherty

Susan Copeland is nuzzled by her horse, Stop on Top, one of her two show horses. Stop on Top is her reining horse. Recently, Copeland swept the U.S. National Arabian and Half Arabian Championships on Kornwall, a horse that is trained in Michigan.

Championship team

Coleman sweeps national titles in Arabian horse competition

Susan Copeland first sat atop a horse at the age of 2.
She needed a little help, but once she settled into that saddle on Jubilee, it was the start of a lifelong love of horses.
Copeland, 48, has come a long way since then, and at the end of October, she became a national champion.
This time, Copeland was riding an Arabian stallion by the name of Kornwall at the U.S. National Arabian and Half Arabian Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“I was hoping to win at least one national title but that’s always the hope,” she said, modestly. “Anything in the top 10 is pretty exciting.”
Copeland and Kornwall, a 17-year-old horse show veteran, had reason for optimism, since they won a reserve national champion title last year.
By the end of the 2014 competition, Copeland won two titles atop Kornwall in the amateur competition, and the horse’s trainer won a third title with Kornwall in a professional division.
“There were lots of tears,” Copeland said about the showing at the prestigious competition. “I really couldn’t believe it. Everyone was so excited for me, even your competitors, which means a lot.”


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