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Susan Humes '68

Susan Secor Humes, Oldfields Class of 1968 and an experienced trainer and horsewoman, has a longstanding history with the National Horse Show Association of America, Ltd. Humes' background encompasses years of successful riding and training at Madison Square Garden, as well as an impressive family history with the NHS that dates back to its origin in 1883.

Humes' great great uncle, William K. Vanderbilt, was one of the founding fathers of the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. Director of the NHS from 1883-1884 and 1905-1908, William K. Vanderbilt was also an Honorary Vice President in 1885, 1891, and from 1893 to 1904.

Her other great great uncle was Alfred G. Vanderbilt. He, too, was a Director of the NHS from 1903-1914, Honorary Vice President from 1903-1908, and President from 1909-1914.

Reginald C. Vanderbilt, Humes' great uncle, was a Director from 1909 to 1924, and Humes' great grandfather, William H. Vanderbilt, was a Director from 1928 to 1931. Harry Payne Whitney, her other great grandfather, participated as a Director from 1908-1910 and was married to Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. William C. Whitney, her great uncle, was a Director from 1894-1903.

Humes grew up attending the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden with her family and was a successful equestrian as a child. Humes trained under the tutelage of the legendary Victor-Hugo Vidal. Vidal was a renowned trainer, judge, and horseman of all equestrian disciplines. He held AHSA judges licenses in Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation, Hunter Seat, Side Saddle, and Dressage, and he also announced the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden.

After receiving encouragement from Vidal to become an equestrian judge, Humes became an “R” rated judge in the late '70s. Since that time, Humes has judged at such prestigious horse shows as Lake Placid, the Hampton Classic, Devon Horse Show, Upperville Horse Show, Washington International, the Winter Equestrian Festival, and the AHSA/USEF Pony Finals. Humes has also judged four national equitation finals- the Pony Medal Finals, the AHSA/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final, the ASPCA Maclay, and the Washington International Horse Show Equitation Classic.

The year of 2001 was a highlight for Humes, who judged the ASPCA Maclay that year, as well as the National Horse Show. "What an honor to be asked to judge the National and judge the Maclay also!" remarked Humes. It was even more special to do so alongside my great friend and mentor Ralph Caristo in the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden- one of the greatest sports venues of the 20th Century. That was the last year it was held at Madison Square Garden. It was such an honor.

Humes herself competed at the Garden and had numerous students show in the Maclay and the Junior Hunters at the NHS. "I showed hunters at the Garden in the late '70s and had Grand Prix horses there around the same time," commented Humes. "I even had a Grand Prix horse on the Canadian Team one year after Mark Laskin's horse, Damuraz, got hurt in the schooling ring. My little Open Jumper, Midnight Hour, with a great catch ride from Mark, jumped two clean rounds for the Canadian Team in the Nations Cup. They made me an honorary citizen!"

In 2005, Humes joined George H. Morris in the judge’s booth for the 2005 ASPCA Maclay National Finals held at the Syracuse Invitational SportHorse Tournament in Syracuse, New York. Humes is currently on the Ladies Committee for the National Horse Show. She carries on her family tradition of horsemanship, support, and dedication to the equestrian industry and the National Horse Show Association of America, Ltd.



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