Michelle has been involved with horses her whole life. Growing up on the family farm there has been an endless supply of ponies and horses. Michelle commenced her riding career doing stock work with her father, Michael, before commencing Pony Club at Adaminaby and then Cooma. Whilst at Pony Club, Michelle participated in everything from sporting to jumping, tent pegging to showing. From these experiences, she developed a strong interest in dressage. After several years of dressage competition, Michelle changed tack and started rodeoing, specialising in barrel racing and steer undecorating.
It was the love of the calm temperament of the Quarter Horse, and her interest in breeding true all round competitors, that lead to start breeding her own horses to compete on. Michelle has been known to compete beyond the rodeo arena in such things as camp drafting, western pleasure, reining and showing at halter. An experienced educator; Michelle teaches clinics both across the country and at her home. Michelle writes a training article for each addition of the Australian Performance Horse Magazine. She previously had her own Question and Answer column in the very popular HorseWyse Magazine called “Ask Michelle” which helped people with their horse problems. She is the co-producer of DVD ‘Can I Have A Pony’, which was produced by Cherry Tree Equine and Horsewyse Magazine. Michelle was been a presenter at Equitana since 2012; first with the Equitana HorseWyse Kids Interactive in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and then in 2014, 2016 and 2018 as a presenter in her own right. She has presented topics as ‘Finding Your Ideal Equine Partner’ and ‘Happy Trails’.
Michelle has a strong reputation for instilling confidence in all her students. Her clinics cover her three basic principles; Consistency, Control and Confidence. She does this using both ground and ridden work; the same principles that have enabled her to train many horses for herself and others