Instructors


Susan Stites – Sacred Heart Equestrian Center, Director

Susan Stites joins the Equestrian Center Team from Ocala, Florida where she specialized in administrative management. Susan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Equine Business Management and Business Administration. She has been showing Hunter/Jumpers since the age of seven and has had the opportunity to manage horseshows and facilities, as well as teach lessons, in the Midwest and Florida.

Email Susan at sstites@sshcoteau.org

 

aubrey-smAubrey Fait – Sacred Heart Equestrian Center, Hunter/Jumper Instructor
Aubrey Fait joins the equestrian center from Wisconsin. She has been riding since she was six years old and horse showing since she was nine years old. She had the opportunity to qualify for the National Pony Finals three years in a row. As she got older she was able to move up to higher divisions in the hunter discipline. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Training and Instructor at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana. There she rode in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association for four years and qualified for Nationals two years in a row. At school, she was her Hunt Seat team’s captain for two years and the school’s first high point rider in hunt seat for the region. After completing college, her first job was working at a sales farm where she gained further experience in her field.

Email Aubrey at afait@sshcoteau.org
lori-smLori Muse, Sacred Heart Equestrian Center Western/English Instructor
Lori has been working with horses in the state of Louisiana her entire life. She specializes in teaching Western riding and beginner English riding to students of all ages. She worked at BREC’s Farr Equestrian Center as a camp instructor and as a Western/English instructor. In the past, Lori worked at various barns including horse racing farms where she acquired experience in grooming, schooling horses, managing, ponying, and handling newborn foals. She is also trained in barefoot trimming, general health, and care. Lori joined the Sacred Heart Equestrian Center team in 2014. Currently Lori trims horses in her spare time.

Email Lori at LMuse@sshcoteau.org


lori d-smLori B. Dartez, Sacred Heart Equestrian Center Barn Manager/Western Instructor

Lori Dartez is a former Language Arts teacher who has been working with horses for more than 20 years, and joined the Equestrian Center team in 2013. She earned her BS in Secondary English Education with a minor in journalism from UL Lafayette in 2001. Lori grew up barrel racing, and during her college years, continued to train and compete on barrel horses. During those years she also managed Smackover Farm, which was a horse farm specializing in the rehabilitating, starting, sales-prepping, and foaling of race horses. After college, Lori taught in the St. Martin Parish School System for 10 years. She and her husband, Chad, reside in Breaux Bridge, LA, with their two daughters, where they ride and train barrel and reining horses.

Email Lori at LDartez@sshcoteau.org