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The Mindful Rider Retreat

September 20 @ 8:45 am - September 21 @ 5:30 pm


September 20-21 8:45am to 5:30pm


A mindful rider possesses a set of characteristics and behaviors that reflect a heightened awareness and presence while engaging in horseback riding. Focus, mental/emotional/physical self-control, patience, adaptability, empathy, gratitude, as well as timing, technique, and know-how are some of the topics covered in these experiential learning sessions with horses.



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.



  • Snacks, light breakfasts, lunches, dinner, wine, movie (hot cocoa), movie or game
  • Mindfulness practices with/ without horses (meditation, walking meditation, stretching,
    sketching, etc.)
  • Group discussions and exercises with/without horses
  • Goal setting dialogues and practices
  •  Action step debrief


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

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



Meet and Greet

  • 8:45am-9:15 am Arrival, check in, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, fruit.
  • 9:15am Introductions and goals.
  • 10:15am break
  • 10:30am First session:

Mindful Connection

  • Noon lunch- group discussion and debrief
  • 1pm: Meditation, mantras, yoga poses
  • 1:30pm Second session:

Mindful planning, debrief

  • 2:30pm -2:45pm break
  • 2:45pm Mindful action, debrief
  • 4pm Summation: What you learned, experienced, going forward.
  • 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)


September 20 @ 8:45 am
September 21 @ 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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