A lifetime of training, teaching and selling champions
Sandy Sessink is a world renown Morgan trainer and equitation instructor who began her career at the famed Carousel Stables in 1974, the largest Morgan show barn in the country at that time and home of many World Champions. For over 20 years, she owned and operated Old Orchard Farm in South Lyon, Michigan, turning out such well known riders as Rebecca Kelce Gruenberg, Mary Carlton, Jessica Cavanaugh, Stacy Hennessey and countless others.
She was the first instructor to train a Morgan Triple Crown Champion Saddle Seat Equitation rider (UPHA Challenge Cup, AMHA Gold Medal and World Champion Morgan Saddle Seat Equitation) and she did this two years in a row. Over 150 World Champion horses and riders adorn her accomplishments and she has been a USEF Morgan R Judge for over 25 years, with assignments that have included four Morgan Grand Nationals, 11 USEF Saddle Seat Equitation Finals at the American Royal, and many World Cup Trials. She coached the winning “Team Morgan” riders against the South Africans in 2009 and judged the World Cup Saddle Seat Equitation Finals in South Africa in 2006.
She is a popular clinician around the country and is also the Show Manager for the very successful Buckeye Challenge Morgan Show in Springfield, Ohio. In 2016, Sandy spearheaded a highly attended “Day of the Morgan Horse” in Ohio for the Ohio Morgan Horse Association, which has recently been picked up as a National Day of the Morgan by the American Morgan Horse Association. We are very lucky to have Sandy’s wonderful life experience on our panel of writers.