Susan Burgess earns saddle, buckles for high points
March 11, 2014 at midnight
Updated March 10, 2014 at 10:11 p.m.
Susan Burgess has spent a lot of time around horses and ponies.
Her hard work and love for them paid off Feb. 23 in Seguin when she won a Year End High Point Award from the Alamo Area Youth Horse Association.
"I was very tickled," Burgess, 56, said. "I had so much fun. I just really enjoyed the club."
She was awarded a new saddle as part of the Year End High Point Award for her category, which includes different classes. The award is given to club members who have achieved the highest number of points, participated regularly in the shows and put in work hours.
During the year, the club hosts several monthly shows, and at that time, the members have a chance to earn points for each class. In 2013, Burgess won eight buckles from the Alamo horse association and two reserve high point tack bags.
The new leather saddle was part of the Year End award she won for the points she accumulated during the year.
"She works really hard with the horses, so it's gratifying for me to see her get rewarded for doing such a good job," said her husband, Topper Burgess, 60. "It's fun to watch her go out and win."
Burgess won her award with her mare, Top Royal Lilly, who they raised at their stables in Victoria.
Horses and ponies have played an important role in her life through different capacities for decades, including the Victoria Livestock Show Pony Show and teaching children and adults how to ride.
"We've always enjoyed the livestock show," she said.
While she's been involved in various horse and pony circuits, she's traveled from her home in Victoria County to Illinois and different shows throughout Texas.
Burgess said working with the animals is a labor of love.
"It's several hours a day. I do a lot of their maintenance and preventative care," she said. "You have to spoil them a little bit and give them peppermints and kisses, too."
When she's not hauling her horses or ponies to the next show, she can be found washing or working with them at the stables.
"She's been showing for quite a while. She really enjoys it, and the horses love her," Topper Burgess said. "She doesn't win all the time, but she wins quite a bit."