Finding Your Superhorse

8 Keys to Developing the Horse That's Just Right for You

Lynn Palm, Rebecca Didier and Marie-Frances Davis



Lessons on how to tap the true potential in every horse from one of the world's leading female trainers.

For six decades, Lynn Palm has been a mainstay of the horse training, showing, and clinicing industry. Her successes in diversity in training and the development of willingness and ability across disciplines are unparalleled. She has four Superhorse Titles—a prize awarded to a horse that demonstrates a broad skillset and proficiency in multiple sports. In these pages, Lynn shares the eight keys to her success in training and competing, and how you, too—whether you're eventing or ranch riding—can shape a horse with a good attitude, correct movement, healthy biomechanics, and top-notch conditioning. A “Superhorse” will take you farther for longer, and you'll enjoy every minute of it. 

Readers will learn how:

  • Not all knowledge is good knowledge, and which knowledge is best.
  • Groundwork in the form of in-hand, longeing, liberty work, long-lining, and trick training is integral to attaining training goals
  • To incorporate longevity training with progressive lessons that have the “long game” in mind
  • The rider's ability directly impacts the horse's
  • A competitive edge serves both the recreational rider and the one who shows
  • To overcome the inevitable challenges when training a horse and facing questions of persistence versus suitability
  • We need to do better for the horse in equestrian sport
  • “Giving back” to the industry provides a foundation for Superhorses for generations to come


With a rich mix of stories curated from years of horse adventures, practical ideas you can put to work in your own arena, and exercises to incorporate in your daily practice, Finding Your Superhorse is the rare inspiring read that teaches. Throughout, Lynn's warmth of character and intense commitment to horses, horse people, and improving the industry that has given her a life and a livelihood shine through, guiding us all toward what's possible and the “super” in every horse.

Additional Information

Author: Lynn Palm, Rebecca Didier and Marie-Frances Davis

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 264

Illustrations: 110 color photographs

ISBN: 9781646011339

By Lynn Palm, Rebecca Didier and Marie-Frances Davis

For more than 50 years, Lynn Palm has championed the partnership of horse and rider. An international clinician and competitor, she travels extensively teaching the fundamentals of Palm Equestrian Academy throughout the country and abroad.

Lynn is an American Quarter Horse Association judge and holds her USEF R Western Dressage Judge's License. She continues to compete in both the United States Dressage Federation and the Western Dressage Association of America. Palm's competition record is second to none, having earned four AQHA Superhorse titles, over 30 AQHA World and Reserve Championships, several AQHA European Championships, more than a dozen WDAA World Championships, 15 USDF All Breed Awards Champions, and most recently the Dressage and Western Dressage Championships at the AQHA World Show.

Lynn was a special guest performer at the 1996 Olympics and was named 2000 AQHA Female Equestrian of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation. In 2003 she was the recipient of Equine Affaire's Exceptional Equestrian Educator Award, and she was titled Horsewoman of the year in 2007 by the American Quarter Horse Association. In 2010, she presented at the World Equestrian Games as a clinician and entertainer and did the same at the 2017 FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha.

Lynn and her husband, Cyril Pittion-Rossillon, lead annual European Journeys, and she presents Winning Ways with Western Dressage alongside Marie-Frances Davis. Lynn is also an author who frequently contributes articles to leading equine publications along with an active online community. Her extensive educational library of videos and books can be found online (

Rebecca M. Didier has worked for Trafalgar Square Books, the leading publisher of equestrian books and videos, for 21 years. She currently serves as both Managing Editor and Graphic Designer, and her role in the small company spans acquisitions, editorial, design, and marketing. She has worked with top riders, trainers, and equine experts from around the globe to bring their books to print. In addition, TSB publishes a specialized list of craft titles, and a limited number of canine and nature books. The book Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-By-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England by naturalist Mary Holland and conceived of and edited by Rebecca, is a winner of the National Outdoor Book Award. Rebecca has designed more than 200 book covers for the non-fiction, biography, memoir, and fiction genres, as well as packaging for videos, including the Telly-Award-Winning series 7 Clinics with Buck Brannaman, from the director of the international hit feature film Buck. She is co-author of the book Dressage with Mind, Body & Soul with world-renowned animal behaviorist Linda Tellington-Jones.

Marie-Frances Davis joined the Palm Equestrian Academy team in the fall of 1997 armed with a business degree from Salem-Teikyo University specializing in Equine Careers and Industry Management. In the years since, Marie-Frances has successfully mastered many facets of the business, from managing show horses and breeding stallions to competing in hunter classes, dressage, and Western dressage. She now focuses on maintaining daily operations of Palm Equestrian Academy and its events, including Winning Ways with Western Dressage, teaching tours, clinics, competitions, and European Journeys led by Cyril Pittion-Rossillon and Lynn Palm.

Western Life Today Says:

"Learn how to unlock your horse's potential in this book that combines practical tips and a passion for horses."