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Susan Meyer passes away

Lifelong Arabian horse community leader, Susan Meyer, passes away, and leaves Legacy behind

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Susan Meyer on the morning of 2 February 2024 at her farm, Meyercrest Arabians in Raleigh, North Carolina, surrounded by her cherished horses and her devoted husband Jim. Sue lived a life of beautiful duality, exemplifying traits that are rare in today’s world.

Susan Meyer and her husband, Jim
Susan and Jim

Sue was wonderfully gentle, but also a torrid force of nature. Sacrificial and hardworking, Sue was also tenacious toward the specificity of truth. Selfless and deeply thoughtful, she was also fiercely loyal and deeply protective of respect for both animals and people. Integrity guided her every action; she never wavered from her commitment to doing what was right.

In addition to being hospital manager for Neuse River Equine Hospital from its opening in 1987 until 2020, which she and Jim founded alongside Jim’s brother, Bob, Sue selflessly gave her life’s work to the Arabian horse community, including:

  • Lifetime member of the Arabian Horse Association (AHA)
  • Lifetime member of the North Carolina Arabian Horse Association, and manager of several shows in the 80s when her husband, Jim, was President
  • Member of the AHA Board of Directors since 2010
  • Inaugural President of the Arabian Breeders Association, founded by Sheila Varian
  • Inaugural member of the inaugural AHA Market Development & Promotion Committee
  • Board Member of the Purebred Arabian Trust (PAT) since 2002, where she led the Interior Design Committee for the Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries at the Kentucky Horse Park that opened in 2010
  • Vice-President in 2003/President of the Arabian Jockey Club since 2018. Her greatest accomplishment as President saw the $100,000 UAE President Cup return to the Preakness, providing the Arabian breed with one of its biggest stages in the world to race in terms of crowd size, media coverage, and betting handle
  • Advisory Committee Member of the North Carolina State University College’s Life Sciences
  • Member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee for Bayer Corp dealing with humane treatment of lab animals
  • Member of the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium for ethical practices of racehorses
  • Arabian horse judge to shows in Venezuela, Australia, South Africa, and Israel National Championships

Sue was a truth seeker and a peacemaker. Captains of industry depended on her gifted business acumen. When difficulties arose, she was a reliable constant, a guiding light always seeking truth. Remarkably, she could exit a conflict or mediation and enjoy a good chocolate espresso martini with both sides afterward. Pride and ego had no part in her way of being.

Sue and Jim showed Arabian horses for many years before being introduced to Arabian racing. And while they earned several national championships and winners-circle trophies from their homebreds, being a breeder for over 50 years was Sue’s greatest source of joy and fulfilment. “My horses are my children,” she would often say. And she meant every word.

One of their finest homebreds is – unquestionably – the handsome deep-chestnut racehorse stallion, Hiab Al Zaman. Culminating a career as one of the world’s greatest racehorses, Hiab’s future was nearly cut short before it began. A stall accident sustained as a weanling found Sue and Jim in his stall around the clock for nearly two months nursing the young colt back to health. Four years later, Hiab blessed the Meyers with numerous wins, including the $100,000 UAE President Cup (G1) at Pimlico Race Course on Preakness Day, followed unsurprisingly by being named 2021 Darley Horse of the Year. Sue and Jim sold him this past year to new owners overseas so he could continue his blossoming campaign, though Sue continued to joyously follow Hiab’s global success from the confines of her bed. Her Arabian horses were Sue’s full expression of joy, the piece de resistance of her life’s work.

In the realm of the Arabian horse, the mere thought of a community without Sue at the helm seems as impossible as a desert without sand.

In her honour, let us continue to allow Sue’s values of compassion and integrity to guide us. Let’s follow her lead by striving for truth, unity, and justice. Above all, let’s us hold on to kindness towards all living beings, especially those who remain voiceless, guarding their sanctity with the same fierce devotion.

A Celebration of Life will be held in spring 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to one of two organisations that were dear to Sue’s heart:

  • Purebred Arabian Trust, in which funds will be used for purposes representing Sue, such as updates to the Al Marah Arabian Horse Galleries, where the PAT will coordinate with Jim. Please make cheques payable to the Purebred Arabian Trust and note “Sue Meyer” in the memo. Please send to Purebred Arabian Trust, 9714 Niblick Lane, Naples, FL 34108, USA
  • Arabian Horseman’s Distress Fund – please use this link to donate in Sue’s name
The Purebred Arabian Trust (PAT) is a non-profit corporation founded in 2002 and run by its Board of Directors. The PAT is dedicated to fostering the preservation and use of the purebred Arabian horse. It is also the World Arabian Horse Organization (WAHO) registering authority for purebred Arabian horses in the United States (including Mexico). For more information, visit www.PurebredArabianTrust.org.

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