New Hunter/Jumper Instructor Hired at WWU

Susie Ouderkirk
Susie Ouderkirk

Susie Ouderkirk of Las Cruces, N. M., has joined the equestrian studies faculty at William Woods University as a clinical instructor, hunter/jumper.

Ouderkirk will instruct the hunter/jumper applied riding classes, as well as applied theory classes. She will also supervise the care and management of all the hunter/jumper horses and coach WWU student riders at local, regional and national competitions.

“I am thrilled to be welcoming Susie Ouderkirk to the equestrian faculty,” Jennifer Petterson, associate professor and equestrian studies division chair, said. “Her experience, enthusiasm and dedication to the hunter/jumper industry will be a valuable asset to the program and to the students.”

A graduate of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M., Ouderkirk received her bachelor’s degree in English in 1988 and her New Mexico state teaching license for master level coursework in 1992.

Ouderkirk has been a professional hunt seat and equitation and hunter/jumper trainer, rider and coach for 30 years. She has competed in and trained riders for horse shows around the United States.

Her 25 years of judging experience include NCAA and intercollegiate shows. She has planned and executed horse shows, seminars and workshops for equestrians, and has been a visiting master teacher and clinician for several equestrian centers.

Most recently she was the sole owner and operator of Red Sky Farm, a full-service equestrian training and instruction facility in Las Cruces, N.M.

From 1995 to 2006, Ouderkirk was the publisher and editor for Red Sky Publishing, which included Southern New Mexico Magazine, Southwest Senior Newspaper and various guides for the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and the Las Cruces Visitor’s Bureau.