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Michelle O'Neill

Michelle O'Neill

Michelle thrives on being an all-round horsewoman. She is the owner of Cherry Tree Equine, a busy clinician teaching mainly good horsemanship, the co-producer of the DVD “Please…can I have a pony?”, is a teacher with Tafe NSW and a regular competitor on horses she has bred and trained herself.

Michelle commenced her riding career doing stock work on the family farm and then progressed to Pony Club. Whilst at Pony Club, Michelle participated in everything she could before specialising in Dressage. After several years of dressage competition, Michelle changed tack and started rodeoing. If she wasn’t rodeoing, Michelle would love to spend time campdrafting or reining. Cherry Tree Equine is a small business specializing in teaching riders, especially inexperienced and novice riders, how to have more fun with their horses through a better relationship.

Michelle dedicates much of her time to teaching and running clinics. Michelle provides assistance with everything from daily horse care to competitive riding. She has a strong emphasis on solid horsemanship in her lessons and clinics, emphasizing Control, Confidence and Consistency. As mentioned, Cherry Tree Equine teamed up with HorseWyse Magazine in 2011 to produce the DVD “Please…Can I Have A Pony”. The DVD is a guide for all people, in particular children and their parents, who are starting out in the equine industry

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Education Session

Finding the perfect Equine Partner

It doesn't matter if it is your first horse or your fiftieth, the basic principles are all the same, but it is easy to forget them when dealing with the emotions attached to looking for your new equine partner. The things people need to know before they buy their first horse; covering everything from expenses, where to look, who to ask, what to look for. Once the horse is home, how to care for your new best friend!

Thursday 15 November 12.15pm - 1.00pm Barastoc Arena, Epsom Arena

Happy Trails

Trail riding is meant to be fun, relaxing and enjoyable for both horse and rider. But without preparation and training it can be more dangerous than many other equestrian pursuits. With so many horse and rider combinations living very 'urbanised' lives, they have little chance to become used to many of the things on the trail that can happen. This need not be the case as through simple preparation and training, both horse and rider can be safe and can be ready for nearly every mis-adventure that may befall them. Using simple props and training tools, people can practice at home handling the potential dangers they may face. Good horsemanship and good training are the basics of this preparation.

Friday 16 November 9.45am - 10.30am StableComfort Arena, John Deere Pavilion