Born: October 5, 1957
Hometown: Encinitas, California
Sue Blinks and Robin Hood. (Photo by SusanJStickle.com)
Sue Blinks is one of the nation’s top dressage riders, having earned medals at the Olympic Games and FEI World Equestrian Games. In 2000, with Flim Flam, she was named to the U.S. team at the Sydney Olympic Games where the U.S. took the Bronze medal. Blinks was a member of the fourth-place U.S. squad at the 1998 FEI World Equestrian Games in Rome, Italy, and in September of 2002, she was on the Silver medal-winning U.S. team at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. She has also been named the U.S. Olympic Committee's Dressage Female Athlete of the Year twice.
In May of 2004, Blinks acquired a new top dressage horse, the 2003 Pavo Cup Winner, Robin Hood. Robin Hood was five years old when he came to the U.S., and Blinks has been bringing him along slowly since then.
In 2008, Blinks and Robin Hood won the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Golden State Dressage Festival CDI3* and were members of the U.S. Nations Cup Team at Mondorf-Les-Baines, Luxembourg.
In April of 2010, Blinks and Robin Hood won the grand prix special at the Del Mar National CDI3*. They started off in June with a win in the Grand Prix at the Cornerstone Dressage Show in Palgrave, Ontario, and ended the month winning the Grand Prix Special at the Blainville CDI3* in Quebec.
In August of 2010, the pair traveled to the East Coast to compete in the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Festival of Champions. On the first weekend, they placed fifth in both the Grand Prix Test and the Grand Prix Special.
Blinks and Robin Hood started off 2011 by winning two Grand Prix classes at the Dressage Getaway, Inc. The pair then finished second and third in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle respectively at Dressage Affaire. At the Del Mar National Dressage Show, Blinks and Robin Hood won the Grand Prix Special.
In 2012, Blinks and Robin Hood finished second in the Grand Prix for Special and fourth in the $5000 FEI Rancho Valencia Olympic Grand Prix Special at the Dressage Affaire. The pair then finished second in the Grand Prix Special at the Del Mar National Dressage Show.
Blinks and Robin Hood traveled to New Jersey in June for the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions and Selection Trials for the U.S. Dressage Team where they finished in 11th place.
Blinks rides and trains at Doug and Louis Leatherdale’s Rancho Santa Fe, CA, farm. The Leatherdales have been Blinks’ longtime sponsor and owners of many of her Grand Prix horses including Robin Hood.
Blinks currently serves as the Chair of the USEF Dressage Eligible Athletes Committee and is a member of the USEF High Performance Dressage Committee and the USEF Board of Directors.