About Sharon

Sharon.
Sharon McCusker is a USDF Gold Medalist, and USET Long-listed rider who has ridden with many top U.S. and European Dressage trainers. Sharon draws from her experience riding with these professionals and tailors an approach that works for each individual horse and rider.

Sharon has a basic framework from which she approaches her schooling with the horse, based on the German training system: rhythm, relaxation, connection, impulsion, straightness and collection.

Her training philosophy incorporates these basic building blocks in everyday schooling. She also includes in her training system the use of ground work (long lining and in-hand work) as well as riding and schooling out of the arena – using varied terrain and external conditions to promote eagerness and freshness in the horses.


2016 National Grand Prix Championships




2016 NEDA Region 8 Grand Prix Champions



2016

December – Finalize plans for using US Dressage Foundation Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage grant for trip to Germany to train with Hubertus Schmidt for late Winter/Spring 2017.
NEDA Banquet. Winner 2016 NEDA Year End Grand Prix Res. Champion with Wrigley 72.4%

November – Compete with Wrigley in and finish 3rd in the US at the USDF National Grand Prix Championships, Lexington, Kentucky.

September – Win Region 8 Grand Prix Championship with Wrigley.

July – Win high score FEI at Green Mountain Horse Association summer show with Wrigley 73.1 %
Win Third level high score with Paula Bokesch’s horse Spotlight W 69%.

May – Wrigley sold to Paula Bokesch

March – USEF Long listed rider training sessions with Robert Dover, Wellington, FL

February – Compete in Grand Prix CDI Olympic qualifiers at the Adequan/Global dressage festival. Finish top 8 in Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special with Wrigley.

2015

Winner all National Grand Prix classes scores over 70% including Global Dressage Festival, GMHA June and July

Global Dressage Festival Second in Grand Prix Special 69.3% fifth in Grand Prix 68.6.

USEF Elite training sessions with Robert Dover

Achieved a 5 star rider/trainer rating rider by Centerline Scores

2014

Global Dressage Festival Grand Prix 3rd place

USEF Training sessions with Debbie McDonald

Qualified and competed in USEF National Championships and World Equestrian Games selection trials Gladstone, NJ 12 place

2013

Winner Grand Prix ESDCTA CDI Allentown, NJ

Qualified and competed in Grand Prix National Championships, Lexington KY 7th overall

NEDA Fall Festival CDI Grand Prix Freestyle 71%

2012

2012 Wrigley undefeated for the year in Developing Horse Grand Prix classes and Intermediare II

Qualified for USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix Championships

Winner USDF Region 8 Championships at Intermediare II

Wrigley added to USEF Elite training list and participates in training sessions with USEF Coaches Debbie McDonald and Stephan Peters.

2011

Juli Sherif sold to Catherine Malone, Iron Spring Farm.

Wrigley added to USEF Developing Horse list.

Sharon and Wrigley participate in training  sessions with Hubertus Schmidt, Steffan Peters and Debbie McDonald.

Wrigley winner Palm Beach Derby Developing Horse Test 72.3%

Wrigley high score winner Prix St George at King Oak Farm 70%, GMHA 71.8% , and NEDA Fall 70.1%.

Winner NEDA CDI Prix St George 70.1%, Saugerties, NY

Developing Horse Championships Chicago, IL Third place overall with 69.3%

USDF Horse of the Year

Prix St George 11th overall

Kyra Kirklund Symposium Demo rider

2010

Long listed for World Equestrian Games with Juli Sherif.

Winner CDI at NEDA FALL Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle with Juli Sherif.

High Score 4th level with Wrigley at Westbrook Hunt 76.5%, GMHA 70% and NEDA 72%.

2009

Winner Grand Prix Gold Coast Opener with Juli Sherif.

2nd place GP Special Wellington classic.

4th CDI Grand Prix Wellington Equestrian Festival.

3rd CDI GP Special Wellington Equestrian Festival.

2008

USDF Intermedaire II Horse of the Year 3rd overall Juli Sherif.

NEDA Year end Champions Intermediare II.

USDF Region 8 Champions Intermediare II.

2007
Reacquired Juli Sherif.
2006

Klaus Balkenhol/NEDA symposium with Weltheir.

USET developing horse list.

2005

Several wins on New England circuit at Prix St George with Weltheir.

USDF Horse of the year award PSG 18th overall Weltheir.

2004

Winner CDI small tour at OX Ridge, and NEDA Fall with Maestro.

NEDA Year End champion at Intermediare 1.

2000-3

Groundbreaking on new facility at Souhegan Farm.

United States Dressage Federation Grand Prix Ranking 6th in the Nation.

NEDA Year-End Award Grand Prix. Champion

Purchase sale horses from Europe.

2000:
Winner Grand Prix five times in top New England competitions.
1999

USET National Grand Prix Championship Top 10.

USET Grand Prix Long List for International Competitions.

USDF New England Grand Prix Champion.

1997
USDF Silver Medalist.
1996 – 2000

National FEI Competitor with top placings at the Palm Beach Derby, Orlando Dressage, Devon Dressage, NEDA, Washington National Show, etc.

1995
USDF Bronze Medalist.
1989 – Present:
Owns and operates Souhegan Farm, a Dressage training facility in Ashby, Massachusetts.
1984
Graduated University of Delaware – Cum Laude in Philosophy.
Early 1980’s:
National 3-Day Event Competitor, finishing in the top placings at Ledyard, Chesterland, Flying Horse, Radnor, Huntington and Monmouth Hunt.
1980
North American Young Riders Championships, 6th Overall.