Owner of Deerfield Farm, Sue attended the University of Washington and Burnley School. She has also studied with many accomplished masters of horsemanship, aikido, yoga and meditation. Through her personal study and experience, she has created a program founded in the awareness that through committed, consistent practice (of any worthy endeavor), joy and self-esteem is created in the individual.
The Deerfield Farm Riding Program, designed by owner Sue Cumming-Schultz, has been recognized as one of the premier horse programs in the country and its students have won literally hundreds of national and world title over the past 40 years. The majority of our clients have been from the greater Seattle area though many have been from other areas of the United States, as well as England and South America.
"The purpose of the Deerfield program is to teach compassion, commitment and focus through skillfully coached instruction with horses but ultimately, the real lesson of Deerfield Farm is the awareness that the only thing that stops us from achieving our greatness is our inability to believe in ourselves."
Katie started riding at age 8 in eastern New York and by the age of 12, had expanded riding styles to include western. She worked in barns and summer camps to pay for riding clinics and extra riding lessons. At 12 years old, she started teaching riding lessons and by 16, she was running summer camps.
She attended Suny Oswego and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Biology. After graduation, she was hired at Deerfield Farm and began her mentoring by Sue. Over the years, she has worked with many trainers including Shane Dowdy, Carol Dal Porto, Morgan Stoevener and others. In her spare time, she draws, paints and loves being outdoors or hiking with her dog.
"I have the honor of allowing people to create peace in their lives through working with horses. I am so blessed to have such an incredible group of students, and genuinely inspired by their courage and desire to work hard! They don't know it, but they teach me far more than I could ever teach them!"
At age 10, Michelle left the city life to attend a ranch-style horse camp. She went to camp thinking she would never change her desire for “seven-lane highways” and being surrounded by friends. While at camp, she quickly changed her mind, falling in love with the solitude of farm life, not to mention the magical connection she felt between herself and the horses.
Michelle returned to camp year after year, each time returning to the bustle of city life after her two magical weeks. But back in the city, Michelle was able to concentrate on her schooling, achieving a B.S. in Psychology from Tufts University, as well as going on to receive an A.M. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Harvard University.
As an adult, Michelle returned to the sport she fell in love with as a child, studying it in much greater depth as an adult. She has also found a way to blend her passion for horses with her deep desire to help others through her psychology practice by becoming certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA). Michelle offers Equine Assisted Psychotherapy as well as beginning riding lessons at Deerfield Farm.
"I am honored to be present to the magic that happens between a horse and his person. I love to witness the insights people gain as the horse mirrors their emotions. So often we present ourselves to the horse the way we present ourselves to the world, and the horse’s ability to mirror us becomes an incredibly effective teacher."
In his home state of Mississippi, Reed graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science where was hired out of college to start and run an Environmental Education program. Having grown up with horses, the important social and environmental conversations surrounding the horse were becoming more apparent.
In the summer of 2014, he traveled to North Dakota to work with Nokota horses, one of the last Native American breeds left. This experience had a profound effect on him, which shifted his journey in a new direction.
Now Reed has come to Deerfield Farm to pursue a formal career as a horse trainer. It is his dream to work with wild and Native American breeds across the country, to bridge conversations of environmental and social issues and help develop a culture that desires mutual respect among all living things and stewardship of the Earth.
"Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching- even when doing the wrong thing is legal." Aldo Leopold
"My natural resource education and horse training education are one in the same. When it comes to relating to our environment, an animal interaction is a powerful tool and I believe the horse is better equipped to handle our flaws, heal our wounds and inspire us to become the greatest version of ourselves. The staff and riders here at Deerfield are full of heart and determination and it is my great privilege to work alongside them as I discover what it means to be a horseman."
Stephanie and her family have been members of the Deerfield community for over 25 years. She was put on horses as a toddler when her mother was taking lessons from Sue and has been riding ever since. Stephanie started showing at age 5 and continued to study primarily under Sue Cumming-Schultz for the next thirteen years. She was team leader of the World Team for three years and ended her youth showing career with more than 20 World and National titles, including 5 High Points in the Appaloosa show circuit.
After high school she attended Cornish College of the Arts and graduated cum laude with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking. Since then Stephanie has continued her studies at the Jerusalem Studio School in Italy and the Gage academy in Seattle. Stephanie teaches youth and adult lessons from beginners through advanced riders.
"Every time a student joins me in the arena an exciting opportunity occurs. By conducting the energy of the horse and the focus of the rider we can create moments of tranquility: an elevation of the spirit and peace with the mind. The tools I’ve learned from Deerfield are numerous and I’m honored to share them with my students."
Deerfield Farm is a simple family owned farm built by the owners over the past 40 years.
However, don't let the simplicity of the facility fool you. Deerfield Farm is a private, full service equestrian facility nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, just outside of Issaquah, Washington.
We service a large area that includes Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Snoqualmie and North Bend Washington.
Our riding lessons are popular with children and adults alike, whether they are just starting out or have been riding horses for years.
I have been attending Deerfield Farm for as long as I can remember and "wow" this place is amazing, this barn shows you the true meaning of self awareness and teaches you the true meaning of leadership and empowerment. Through this barn I have become a strong, powerful and truthful person.
I am currently on the Jr. team I have made many new and amazing friends who share with me their feelings and dreams. Deerfield is my extended family and my extended home. I am aiming to become a national champion and with Deerfield as my training barn and home, I believe that dream will come true. Thank you Deerfield Farm, you will always be in my heart.