By BRIAN SMITH
Getting into showing cutting horses was simply a “divine plan” for Susie Koser.
“I really don’t know how the hell I got here,” Koser said with a laugh. “I remember hearing Weatherford is where you want to be for cutting horses, so I kind of heard a name of someone I needed to talk to, drove to their house, introduced myself and the rest is history.”
Koser said she moved to Weatherford in 1997 from the Dallas area and has shown cutting horses for a number of years, even while working three jobs. She made friends with Ben and Jan Emison in the early 1990s after she had moved to Dallas and was informed the Parker County area was where she needed to be.
Soon she was working part-time for Ben Emison Insurance Co. and at weekend sales for Western Bloodstock Sales along with her full-time job in industrial account management at Waste Management. Koser said she works her part-time jobs so she can stay abreast of what is going on in cutting horse circles.
All her hard work has begun to pay off, as she had one of her most successful weekends of her lengthy career recently when she took top honors in both the 5/6 year old Amateur and 5/6 Unlimited Amateur at the Abilene Spectacular. The wins in the two divisions netted her $8,500 along with a new John Deere Gator worth another $6,200, Koser said.
She has always been involved with horses, mostly as a trail rider. When she lived in Colorado, she was part of a group that formed a small cutting association called the Four Corners Cutting & Reining Association.
Once she was done working in the beginner class and ready for Limited Aged Events, Ben Emison put her in touch with trainer Paul Hansma and his staff, which she credits with helping her get her wins in Abilene and her first win a couple years ago at an event in Glen Rose.