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Susan Lowe

1949 - 2019
Susan Lowe Obituary
Susan Lowe

Freeville - Susan Lowe, 70, a dedicated and lifelong equestrian, passed away peacefully in her home in Freeville, NY on November 16, 2019 after a brave battle with cancer.

Susan was born on May 9, 1949 in Monterey, CA. She fell in love with horses the first time her father sat her on a pony at age four and she worked with horses her entire life. Susan, in partnership with Bill Lowe, created If Only Farm in Freeville, NY, an equestrian center that they built from the ground up, starting in 1979. Her students showed with great success in local, regional and national competitions and she made If Only Farm the home of the Ithaca College Equestrian Team and the Cornell Dressage Club. Sue loved to teach children and adults alike to ride and wanted nothing less than excellence from everyone she taught.

Susan leaves a legacy that will carry on and resonates within If Only Farm as a place where everyone is welcome, anyone can learn to ride and be brave and safe, and as a place where everyone can love horses. For a more detailed remembrance, please visit

In honor of Susan, someone who always loved a great party, a big celebration will be held at the farm in the summer of 2020.

Susan (Morrow Phillips Spada) Lowe is survived by William S. Lowe; her son Ronald Spada Jr (Jen); her grandchildren, Olivia Spada and Garrett Spada; her sisters, Annette Taylor (Mike), Laura Lecher (Brent); her brother Cushing Phillips III; her nieces, Blake Taylor, Jamie Taylor, Lauren Taylor; her special friend Warren VanPelt.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to The Douglas J. Pokorney Farrier Student Scholarship Fund at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Published in Ithaca Journal from Nov. 25 to Nov. 29, 2019
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