INTRODUCTION - BIO - WORK HISTORY
Always in abundance, joy, and gratitude
A visual work history:
Advertising - Equestrian - Photography - Artwork - Writing - Speaking - Music - Athletics
Whether as an artist, an equestrian, or an athlete, I love to inspire people to release their inner "fun person" and succeed in their discipline of choice.
Equestrian - a lifetime with wonderful horses and a specialty that led to successful re-schooling many off-track thoroughbreds for a second career in the hunter, jumper and dressage arenas. I had extraordinary mentors and teachers who contributed to my experience in the industry, and I turned professional in 1983, combining a variety of skills to produce the best horses and riders possible with a holistic approach. In 2012, after retiring from full-time training, I decided to address equestrianism at large with a writing project, and co-authored The Compassionate Equestrian. The 25 Principles of Compassionate Equitation are becoming part of a global movement to improve welfare for equines in sport and recreation. I have limited space available for clients who wish to improve their relationship with horses and achieve personal goals in their riding and training abilities.
As an artist and photographer, I am able to blend my love for horses, running, and the environment in a visual compilation that I always hope will bring a smile to the viewer. I paint stories, and am currently enjoying painting the horses of my past, many of which were rescues. When working in advertising, my speciality is bringing a concept for a campaign or ad to life with the right location, and acquiring exceptional talent who help fulfill the creative director's vision. Art directors, take note! I'm available for location scouting, photography, and model/talent searches. I have managed budgets up to $2.5 million annually and coordinated projects for large mixed-use shopping centres.
As an athlete and coach, my background in music and dance has always been integral in my teaching and training programs. Running requires good tempo and rhythm, as does riding. Music and dance are part of a universal language that raises everyone's spirits and contributes to a positive atmosphere in which to learn and improve the body and mind. Be sure to contact me for private and/or group running and walking coaching no matter where you're starting... the couch or the competitive field.
---------- Summary of Work History ----------
My work history has been eclectic and diversified, requiring the ability to be extremely flexible, goal-oriented, quick-learning and focused. I have typically started in entry-level positions, and been able to move up in a relatively short period of time. The central themes of my work have been art, music, fashion and equestrian sports, frequently combined as projects in advertising, video, and entertainment.
In advertising, I became competent in managing tight deadlines, contract-staff, large-budgets, and full creative production. The horse industry requires extremely long hours, professional-level athleticism, and management of not just horse’s show careers and day-to-day care, but careful attention and diplomacy when dealing with their owners.
In the 1990’s my position was one of “artist-in-residence” for a computer lab that was on the cutting edge of emerging technologies that have since become industry standards and popular consumer formats. Projects in development included real-time broadband delivery of graphics and audio, digital storage mediums, and wide-area networks. I was introduced to several modalities of alternative health care and energy medicine, which I pursued as both an interested layperson and as an additional service to offer clients, in particular applied light (Low Level Laser Therapy) and EFT (tapping).
I have consistently been involved with community service groups and industry organizations, and am always eager to take courses and seminars that will upgrade my work skills and performance. Running and race walking are the most recent additions to my repertoire, and as a sport are following a similar trajectory to my career in the equine industry...first as successful competitor, then as coach and program creator.
Maintaining a great sense of humour and optimal good health are first and foremost for me personally, and as a potential catalyst for others to be so inspired.
- Self organizing
- Budget conscious
- Continuous learner
- Team player
---------- Areas of Expertise ----------
- B2C Print project scheduling, budgeting, and execution from concept to distribution.
- Design and photo editing.
- Incorporated company start-up and management.
- Public Speaking
- Applied light therapy
- Percussion performance/recording/digital drums
- Self-management of freelance equestrian sports business.
---------- Career Achievements ----------
B.C. Summer Games, Maple Ridge 1983. Two gold medals and one bronze in show jumping.
Arthur Murray West Coast Showcase ballroom dance champion, 1986.
Sharpe-Johnson Productions Inc. won International Council of Shopping Centers awards, and Canadian MAXI awards for excellence in retail advertising.
Ultra Violet Energy Inc. 1989 - awarded pre-production funding by the Knowledge Network for the development of two half-hour television programs.
1992, Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to “I’m Alcohol Free” event sponsored by the Scottsdale Alliance Against Drugs.
1992, Affiliate Member certificate for outstanding contribution to the visual sciences, College of Syntonic Optometry
Numerous lectures and band performances throughout Southwestern states at conferences such as The Tesla Society, Exotic Research, Space Frontiers Foundation and Mensa Society – 1990s
Competitive running since 2008. In ten seasons of racing at distances from the 200m up to 1/2 Marathon, a top-3 age group placing in every race save for one where I finished 5th. I was inspired by that loss to join the club that hosted the race - the Vancouver Falcons Athletic Club. Under coach John Hill's guidance, I have attained PBs in all distances and won the club's Female Masters Age Graded Award in 2016 and 2017. Many age-group gold medals, 55+ Sr. Games records for W55 in 800m, 1500m (Provincial Record), and 5000m, and series wins including Lower Mainland Road Racing Series and Vancouver Island Road Racing Series. In 2017, finished 3rd Overall F Age Graded in the B.C. Super Series. NCCP Trained Endurance Coach as of July 2017.
2018 to date:
B.C. Athletics 5K Champion - W55
B.C. Athletics 10K Champion - W55
B.C. Athletics Racewalk 1500m Provincial Record - W55
Forever Young 8K, Richmond Oval - Overall Female Winner
Goodlife Fitness Victoria 1/2 Marathon - 1st W55
B.C. Athletics 1/2 Marathon Champion - W55
---------- Employment and Business Relationships ----------
WOODWARD’S STORES (CALGARY) LTD. 1977 – 1980
Advertising Traffic Coordinator for all Calgary-area Woodward’s Department stores.
Daily communication with department heads and store managers, ensuring all newspaper advertising was proofread and inserted according to schedule. Placed radio spots, controlled signage in store and assisted with special events, including collaborative events with Chinook Center Mall.
108 RIDING ARENA, GREENTREE STABLES, PINE MEADOWS EQUESTRIAN
CENTER, AND CANTERBURY STABLES – BRITISH COLUMBIA 1980 – 1985
Assistant trainer and instructor for hunter/jumper/eventing/dressage show barns, apprenticing with Grand Prix jumper and dressage riders. Trained show horses, conducted clinics, judged horse shows, taught group and private riding lessons.
CADILLAC-FAIRVIEW CORP. LTD., VANCOUVER B.C. 1984 – 1986
Life Safety and Security Dept. Concierge/Guest Relations. Tenant/Management liaison for Pacific Center and office-tower complex situated in tower lobbies. Emergency response, public information, maintenance department switchboard relief, signage control, direct correspondence with security staff.
SHARPE-JOHNSON PRODUCTIONS INC., VANCOUVER B.C. 1986 – 1988
Assistant to President, promoted to General Manager. Print and television production for multiple Cadillac-Fairview shopping centers, including Pacific Center mentioned above. All aspects of ad campaign production including; accounting, styling, production coordination, press checks, location scouting, copywriting, hiring of talent and contract staff. Gross sales over $2 million.
ULTRA-VIOLET ENERGY INC., VANCOUVER B.C. 1988 – 1990
Partner/Producer. Teamed with International award-winning filmmaker to combine advertising and film production services. Gross sales in first year totaled approx. $750,000. Clients included CBS Records (Vancouver), Lonsdale Quay Market, Metrotown Center, the Coast Atrium Inn and American Family Life Assurance Corp.
VILLAGE LABS INC. 1990 – 1997
Artist-in-residence. Wrote, produced and edited video and slide presentations for lectures at New Age conferences. Created multi-media digital/analog percussion sets and performed with the band, Ufaux, which was used to demonstrate experimental computer graphics programs, combined with sound and light technologies for human health and healing properties. Village Labs Inc. was acknowledged in the high-tech sector for its contributions to the early pre-consumer advances in compression technologies that are now industry standards.
TIM TOMKINSON TRAINING 1997 – 2001
Assistant hunter-jumper trainer at locations in the Phoenix area. Worked with “A” circuit horses and riders, judged schooling shows, and created the Central Arizona Riding Academy Mini-Medal championships for junior and amateur riders.
ATHLETIC RIDER TRAINING – THE ART OF HORSEMANSHIP 2001 – present
Self-employed riding instructor in Sedona, Arizona. Teaching children through adults, typically more advanced riders who are showing or preparing to show and have their own horses. Students have won many championships at local shows in the hunter, jumper and English performance divisions. My program emphasizes core fitness, exceptionally high standards of training based on international codes of equine welfare, and independently-thinking riders who understand the FEI code of ethics and equestrian conduct in the best interests of the horse.
CREATOR AND CO-AUTHOR - THE COMPASSIONATE EQUESTRIAN 2012 -
Coauthored with Dr. Allen Schoen, DVM, published by Trafalgar Square Books/Horse and Rider Books in 2015. Ongoing marketing/creative: Facebook, Website, Blog, Twitter and Instagram.
CO-AUTHOR - THE IRIDESCENT SILENCE OF PACIFIC SHORES 2015 -
A book of West Coast water-front photography and a statement on the fragile environment of this region. Coauthored with Doug Wahlsten, Ph.D.
WEBSITES, PHOTOS/VIDEO, SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS
Created/maintain website: The Compassionate Equestrian www.thecompassionateequestrian.com
Created/maintain/write blog: http://www.thecompassionateequestrian.net
Created website for Wayne Grelish Design/Build www.waynegrelish.com
Flickr: Susan A.G. www.flickr.com/people/47853168@N08
YouTube: UfauxDrummer http://www.youtube.com/user/UfauxDrummer
Social media accounts: Facebook/The Compassionate Equestrian and Susan Gordon, Salt Spring Island, Twitter (@CompassionEq @ufauxs), Instagram (susan.greenpony)
Created the #SeeMe campaign for running, cycling, and riding safety on Salt Spring Island.
---------- Community Volunteer Work, Activities and Affiliations ----------
2012 – present (Salt Spring Island)
Terry Fox Run (participant/photographer)
Run for MS (photographer)
Earth Day (videographer/photographer)
Light Up the World Purple/Amanda Todd Legacy (producer/videographer)
Salt Spring Island Apple Festival (photographer)
Salt Spring Sneakers Running Club (coach)
Vancouver Falcons Athletic Club
Horse Council of B.C.
Salt Spring Island Painters Guild
1983 – 1995 (B.C. and Arizona)
Vancouver Women in Film and Video B.C. Motion Picture Association
Western Canadian Designers and Fashion Assn. Vancouver A.M. Tourist Services Assn.
Federation of Canadian Artists Canadian Equestrian Federation
Arizona Dressage Association United States Dressage Federation
College of Syntonic Optometry Scottsdale Alliance Against Drugs
Scottsdale Prevention Institute Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale
Drugs Don’t Work in Arizona LINKS community health program
Liberty Wildlife Foundation Gladys Taylor-McGarey Medical Found.
Red Cross – Int’l Humanitarian Law
------------ Testimonials ------------
Susan Gordon offers horse lovers of all disciplines a rare combination of a deep, intuitive connection with horses plus professional training and riding experience - including much time in the saddle, over jumps and in the dressage ring. Her ability to apply this unique knowledge and understanding toward improving the horse-rider relationship is unsurpassed in the equestrian industry. The Compassionate Equestrian and the 25 Principles of Compassionate Equitation are truly a gift to people who value and love horses everywhere. Through her own compassion for people, animals and the environment, Susan has provided a game-changing formula for the equine industry to embrace and make a positive difference in the world and in the lives of horses and humans alike.
Founder/Owner - Equesse for women who love horses
“Challenging, motivating, inspiring and a blast of excitement and thrill! There’s nothing you can’t do!”
“As an instructor, a sharp eye for what could be better, a gentle hand with our equines, and a very nice way of guiding us to always improve. We need more instructors like you!”
“In my beginner dressage lessons, Susan always made me feel comfortable and confident. She has the perfect teaching system adapting her lessons to the rider’s (and horse’s) ability. Thankfully, my horse and I were never stressed; every lesson was enjoyable. I always came away from a lesson feeling accomplished and definitely looking forward to my next lesson with Susan.”
“Engaging, challenging, and lessons were always full of positive feedback!”
Thank you for all the years of fantastic and encouraging instruction! With great regard for proper training and detail with a wide variety of horses and disciplines!!
---------- Computer and Technical Skills ----------
Internet and standard Microsoft Programs. Up to 70 wpm typing.
Apple/Mac programs including Office for Mac.
Final Cut Pro
MIDI drum operation and programming
Video – JVC & Sony Professional ½” system
---------- Education ----------
Grade 12 graduate, Dr. E. P. Scarlett HS, Calgary, Alberta 1977
Mount Royal College, Calgary - advertising, sales/marketing, fine art 1977/78
Art Instruction Schools – correspondence - Basic Art Certificate 1977/79
British Columbia Institute of Technology - advertising 1986
Vancouver Community College - graphic design 1986/87
Bullfrog Recording Studios, Vancouver - sound recording, basic course 1986
Simon Fraser University - Women in Film – producer’s workshops 1989
Arizona State University - Yamaha Summer Drum Workshop/MIDI for drums 1993
UBC Summer Institute in Sustainability, Vancouver, B.C. 2009
Pull Focus Film School - Documentary filmmaking I & II, Vancouver 2010, 2011
Emily Carr University, Film editing with Final Cut Pro 2012
Speak, Write, Promote; Become a Mover and Shaker - Hay House, NYC 2013
Public Speaking: Presenting Yourself Powerfully - Esalen, California 2014
Editing for Writers - Cheryl Cohen Workshop - Salt Spring Island 2015
National Canadian Coaching Program, Club Coach 2017
---------- Contact: ----------
Salt Spring Island, B.C.
778-316-8211 (text only - calls can be arranged by appointment or via Skype or other VOIP)
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