Our Training Program

At Susan Artes Stables we offer training, lessons and coaching for the serious rider whose goal is to compete on the show jumping "A" Circuit. We also train and compete all levels of show jumpers up to Grand Prix for owners and investors.

We maintain an active show schedule, typically competing in 20 to 30 jumper shows each year throughout California, the West Coast, Canada and Europe.

We offer a program of full training to our clients, along with coaching at competitions. Susan and/or Max are also available to offer clinics at your facility, anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.   

We specialize in finding talented young horses and training them up through the levels. We can help you find your next jumping prospect, and make frequent trips to Europe to find and buy our clients their perfect show jumping partner. 

Our training program aims to create strong, healthy, and obedient horses that respond to light aids from their riders., and we include elements of both the German and classic American styles to achieve this goal.

About Susan Artes

Susan Artes has been training show jumpers professionally for over 30 years, and brings that breadth of knowledge and experience to her work with every client and horse she trains.  Susan has ridden for the U.S. in the Nations Cup, and qualified for the 2015 World Cup Final. Susan specializes in finding young horses with talent for jumping, and bringing them along through the levels to Grand Prix.

In between competing and coaching clients, she has been a commentator for some of the most prestigious show jumping competitions in California, including FEI World Cup qualifiers at the Del Mar International and the Sacramento International. 

Susan Artes and Laurence Z - Grand Prix show jumping
Max Dolger show jumping

About Max Dolger

Max Dolger is a successful grand prix rider and trainer who had a successful career in Europe before coming to the States. While he was still in Germany, he worked for world champion German rider Carsten Otto-Nagel and has a strong dressage background. He is a Certified Master Instructor, having completed over 4,000 hours of supervised teaching.