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Horses and the Art of Living: Leadership Retreat

August 24 @ 8:45 am - August 25 @ 5:30 pm


August 24-25, 2024


This program is designed for individuals seeking to enhance communication, productivity, commitment, and performance within their organizations. The emphasis is on developing leadership skills, both at the individual level and within a team context by interacting with horses and having the time to explore, reflect, and enjoy a truly unique and transformative experience.



Susanna Massie Thomas, president of The He(a)rd Leader, LLC, is a certified iPEC (Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching) Leadership and Personal Development coach who is passionate about helping people to become he(a)rd leaders of their professional and personal lives. She brings a wealth of executive experience from both the corporate Fortune 500 world as well as the nonprofit sector. Her diverse background showcases a dynamic career marked by strategic thinking and innovative leadership. As the former Executive Director of the Marker’s Mark Secretariat Center for thirteen years, Susanna was honored with the prestigious title of Kentucky Colonel for her outstanding contributions to the Thoroughbred industry. With a proven track record as a professional and a consultant for developing businesses and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Susanna has consistently shown her expertise in fostering growth and driving success. She played a key role as an appointee to Governor Patton’s Smart Growth Task Force, contributing to the Commonwealth’s forward-thinking initiatives. She also helped draft three pieces of legislation, two of which were passed. Susanna is not only a seasoned professional but also a published author and journalist with over forty years of experience. Having served as an editor for two magazines, she has a keen understanding of the power of words and effective communication. During her time at Princeton. University where she majored in Comparative Literature, Susanna showcased her leadership skills as the Coach of the Princeton Riding Team.

In addition to her impressive career, Susanna is a Reiki Master and an equine communicator. She leverages her unique skills to host Equine Assisted Learning workshops for both groups and
individuals. Offering group and one-on-one coaching as well as online courses, Susanna is dedicated to empowering others through her holistic approach. Living on a farm near Lexington, KY where she runs a sporthorse retirement haven, Susanna seamlessly integrates her professional expertise with her personal commitment to the well-being of horses. Her life’s work reflects a deep passion for the horse world, sustainability, and a commitment to making a positive impact in the corporate, nonprofit, and civic spheres.



  • Light breakfasts, 2 lunches, dinner
  • Leadership experiential learning exercises with equids.
  • Group discussions, debriefs
  • Goal setting
  • Action steps
  • Rural setting, free time for reflection, recreation
  • Workbook, materials


  • $1275.00 per person
  • Limited to 8-10 people

Please email Pine Knoll Farm to register or ask questions about this course.


Agenda Day 1

  • 8:45-9:15 am Arrival, check in, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, fruit.
  • 9:15 am Introductions and goals
    Leadership defined, leadership challenges
  • 10:15am break
  • 10:30am First session:
    Self-leadership-Interaction with ponies
  • Noon lunch- group discussion, debrief
  • 1pm Second session:
    Follow the leader- Interaction with ponies, debrief
  • 2:30pm -2:45 break
  • 2:45pm Third session:
    Communication- Interaction with ponies, debrief
  • 4pm: Day 1 Review
  • 5pm: Free time
  • 6:30: Dinner, movie, lecture or game

Agenda Day 2

  • 8:30am Walk in the woods
  • 9:00am breakfast, goal setting, intention exercise.
  • 10:15am break
  • 10:30am Challenge 1- Interaction with ponies
    Noon lunch- group discussion and debrief
  • 1pm Challenge 2-Interaction with ponies, debrief
  • 2:30pm -2:45pm break
  • 2:45pm The perfect challenge-Interaction with ponies, debrief
  • 4pm: Retreat review: What you learned, experienced, incorporation into workplace.
  • 5pm He(a)rd Leader ritual with ponies



  • Watch Safety Video CLICK HERE
  • Fill out course form (Download PDF)
  • Review what to bring (Download PDF)


August 24 @ 8:45 am
August 25 @ 5:30 pm
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4901 Ironworks rd. Georgetown KY, 40324
4901 Ironworks rd.
Georgetown, KY 40324 United States
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