A native of Colorado, Michelle is a United States Dressage Federation Bronze and Silver Medalist with more than 40 years of riding experience. She has competed successfully through the International Dressage Federation Intermediate I level. Michelle's long time friend and trainer Heather Kennedy has been her primary influence and inspiration. Heather spent several years training at Stal Balkenhol in Germany with her own and her client's horses, and her instruction and support has been key to Michelle's Dressage education. Michelle has also trained with Stefan Wolff, Jan Ebeling, and other notable clinicians and trainers. She maintains a network of contacts in the USA and Europe for horse buying trips.
Michelle aspires to make horsemanship and Dressage approachable and understandable for everyone, with an emphasis on cooperation, confidence and safety built on a well-rounded equestrian education. She uses the latest technology along with time-tested methods. Her clients become friends, and the horses in her care are cherished.
Far View Farms Equestrian Center
Michelle offers dressage lessons and accepts horses for training at Far View Farms Equestrian Center in San Marcos, California. Far View Farms offers all-inclusive full service boarding with box stalls and daily turnout service, 20x60 dressage court and jumping arena with GGT footing, rider's lounge, tack rooms, and laundry. Future improvements include dressage mirrors, an additional fenced arena, and a euro-style walker.
Lessons & Training
Lessons are generous in time and expertise, offered in a friendly and welcoming environment. Work on the basics, build confidence, and learn the dressage training scale. My goal in dressage training is to make horses into happy athletes that are a joy to ride. Have you dreamed of taking a lesson on an FEI schoolmaster? Preparing to compete? How about earning those USDF medals? Want a dressage horse that can also go on trail rides? Need to sell your horse? Bring your dreams and we will work on them together.
Please Contact Michelle for current availability. Leases are also available on select horses. Michelle has successfully matched these horses with new owners and she is happy to help you find your next Dream Team Dressage partner!
Oldenburg gelding by Kostolany. CDI Prix St George/Intermediate I. Went on to become a schoolmaster in New Mexico.
Oldenburg mare by Blue Hors Hertug. National 3rd/4th level. Went on to become an FEI competition horse in Columbia.
KWPN stallion (later gelded) by OO Seven. Prix St George/Intermediate I. Went on to a successful Grand Prix career in Texas.
Oldenburg mare by Sandro Song. National 1st/2nd level. Went on to become an amateur lesson horse in Colorado.