FOUNDER AND BOARD CHAIR
Suzanna (Suzee) Norris
At HART: Suzee is the “Heart of HART” – and the soul of the organization. Her vision and tireless persistence has allowed HART to grow deep roots that secure a strong and successful future for the organization. It is Suzee’s goal to create a world-class organization with strong advocacy to ensure more OTTBs are safely retired and retrained for second careers. In addition to ensuring that the horses are well looked after, her responsibilities includes adopting out OTTBs based on suitable matches and professional evaluation, community outreach, and the fiscal health of the organization. As the matriarch of HART, she views her employees, volunteers, boarders, and students as a family unit that together can do great things, and easily instills a sense of belonging and importance to everyone around her.
Off the Clock: Luckily all members of the family are as smitten with horses and devoted to HARTS mission as is Suzee. Skyler, her oldest daughter is an accomplished rider and a great asset at the barn. Her middle daughter Hunter (4 years old) just competed in her very first horse show on a mini mare named Diaz (talk about cute!). Suzee’s youngest Noa (just over one year old) happily spends the greater part of the day in and around the barn and horsey people. Suzee has adopted her own OTTB, Slater, who is currently training and eventing at lower levels. But when she can manage it, Suzee enjoys her time with her family at Disney, the beach or boating off the East coast of Florida.
Background: Suzee retired from engineering in 2006 to pursuit a full time career in horses. (She has a B.S.in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida – Go Gators!) She has been riding avidly since the age of 7, has ridden hunters, jumpers, eventers, and dressage horses, and her endless hours on the back of many horses has led her to a place of great understanding of our equine friends and how that understanding can open many doors to success in our own personal lives. Suzanna’s greatest asset has been her passion for horses, her desire to learn and grow, and the undying motivation to leave this world a little better place for both horses and humans.