Susan I. Dracy-Nerland died of complications from hip surgery in Mercy Hospital, Springfield Missouri, on Sept. 28, 2020.
She often said she had lived the idyllic 50’s childhood, living in the Sunnyview Development north of SDSU campus, going on camping vacations in the Black Hills at Lake Sheridan with her parents, Dr. Arthur E. Dracy and Irene M. Dracy, and riding her horse down the highway into town, stopping at the horse barn to visit Lee Allison and riding cross town to the Dairy Queen. Her many childhood adventures in Sunnyview with George, Kenny, Joanne and others were her happiest recollection.
She and her parents founded the R’Surene Morgan Horse farm in 1957 and for the rest of her life, the center of activity was the beloved Morgan horses, particularly her stallion, UVM Lancer. The farm continues to this day.
She earned a Master’s Degree in English from SDSU, and taught in New Underwood and Alexandria, South Dakota, before moving to Missouri in 1989. She was fluent in Spanish and taught English and Spanish in Junior and Senior High in Pleasant Hope and Sparta Missouri before starting Walnut Hill Equestrian Centre in Rogersville, MO . Her many students went on to success, including 3 Morgan World Championships in Equitation in 1998, 1999 and 2001. Her banner year was 2019, when her home-bred show horse, R’Surene Kantamos, won a number of championships in the midwest and placed 5th in the Morgan Grand National show. Although her health prevented her showing him personally, she travelled to his shows and cheered on his successes.
Her talents extended to business and she and her son Christian Lance Nerland operated Western Estates in Brookings and owned a Marina in Tennessee until her retirement. She and her husband H. Christian Nerland moved back to Missouri with 9 Morgan horses and 4 rescue dogs in 2019, purchasing their dream house and acreage and looking forward with anticipation to the renewal of friendships in the Ozarks.
Survivors include her husband Chris, of the home; her son, Christian Lance Dracy-Nerland; her foster-daughter Amber McGee-Rojas, and husband Edwin Rojas, and grand-daughter Haisley Emberlynn Rojas. Memorials may be made to https://carolinapoodlerescue.org/donation/. Online condolences may be left at www.holman-howe.com.