Sami Jo's passion for horses, people, and teaching is what led her to the development of SS Equestrian Center. Her experience, education, as well as her God-given talent with horses have given her the skill sets required to be successful in this industry.
Sami Jo has over 15 years of experience working with horses, beginning as a member of the Rangers 4-H Club. She was actively involved in 4-H during her membership years, participating in educational opportunities, the 4-H Standardbred Project, Hippology Team (horse quiz bowl), and the State 4-H Horse Shows. She worked with numerous horse projects as a youth. Even at a young age, her hard work and dedication to her horses led her to several state and national championships in horsemanship, equitation, hunter under saddle, and showmanship. Sami Jo continues to be a part of 4-H as a leader of the Colts N Fillies 4-H club.
While attending Michigan State University, Sami Jo was involved in just about every horse-related program that was offered! She was the captain of the Stock Seat Equestrian Team in 2012 - the year that the team won regionals, reserve champion semi-finals, and was awarded top ten in the nation. The MSU team competed in region 4 for Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. She competed in open western horsemanship and reining, winning reserve high point rider 3 consecutive years, high point reining rider, and two-time regional champion in open horsemanship. Additionally, Sami was a member of the MSU Horse Judging Team in 2011, which won reserve champion team at U.S. Arabian Nationals and placed in the top 5 at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress. As an executive board member for the MSU Horsemen’s Association, Sami represented MSU at two Collegiate Horsemen’s National Conventions. She also was a member of the MSU Rodeo Club, and played a role in running the annual Spartan Stampede Rodeo.
Sami Jo graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Agricultural Science and a Teacher Education concentration. Equine-based classes that she completed include horse management, starting young horses under saddle, advanced horse judging, animal agriculture, and professional development in animal science. Courses that greatly contributed to her teaching techniques include Reflections on Learning, Learners and Learning in Context, and Crafting Teaching Practices. Sami completed her internship under the guidance of Gord Wadds, where she gained experience training yearlings for lunge line and young horses for western pleasure.
Additionally, Sami worked as a temporary staff member of the Sermon on the Mount team (SOTM), based out of Ransom Wind Ranch in Oklahoma. SOTM is a Christian ministry that travels the globe to teach seminars, leadership training, relationship counseling, and clinics using horses. This experience played a large role in leading Sami to a personal relationship with Christ, which is the ultimate reason she is on this business endeavor.