DRESSAGE INSTRUCTION AND TRAINING FOR ALL RIDERS AND THEIR HORSEs
Michelle and Arlo (Montreal)
BACKGOUND: Until a 2011 move to So. Oregon, Michelle had been a full‐time professional trainer in the Portland, Oregon area since 1988. Most recently she was the head trainer at Templeton Equestrian Center for five years until the spring of 2011. She trains serious adult amateurs, novice adult riders and those returning to horses after a long absence. She has brought many children from first ride to fluid proficiency and national awards. Michelle also welcomes riders from other disciplines who use dressage for cross‐training! Hunter Jumper and Eventing riders will find that dressage will improve their horse's adjustability between fences, and help create smoother courses. Endurance riders supple their horse's bodies to help them stay sound in their rigorous sport.
TEACHING GOALS: Michelle's teaching focuses on developing a harmonious diologue betweeen horses and rider. Michelle's goal is to help the student become an independent rider with an ever-expanding "tool chest" of training tools and an understanding of
how to use correct posture and technique to improve their horse. Riders are left with "home work" for indepenent learning And problem solving between lessons.
Several of Michelle's students have gone on to become trainers, and Michelle has coached riders to reach their competitive goals in the regional and national finals in dressage and Pony-Club events. Whether desiring to become a better rider for the good of their horse or to improve their test scores (or both), all riders are welcome to learn how dressage can benefit the relationship they have with their horse, improve the quality of their performance, and maintain their horse's soundness through correct developmental work.
EDUCATION: Michelle's teaching ability reflects both the decades of practical day‐to-day experience gained from working with countless horse and rider combinations, and the extensive Teacher's Training she has completed. She has participated in:
*Thee years of Teacher's Training Workshops with Mary Wanless, author of "TheNatural Rider"
*Three years of week‐long workshops with the late Sally Swift, author of "Centered Riding"
*A year‐long Equestrian Instructor's Training program with Jill Hassler‐Scoop from Hilltop Farm.
A lover of learning, Michelle has ridden over the years with many many wonderful trainers . Among them Susanne Von Dietze Polack, Gerd Heuschmann, Sue Sherry, Bettina Drummond, Gerhard Politz, Walter Zettle, Kevin Freeman, Eric Herberman, Mary Wanless, Stephan Keiswetter, Paul Belasic and Jeff Moore.
She continues to add to her knowledge by attending USDF educational seminars, frequent participation in clinics, and she is always open to information from other parts of the horse world.
Dave Williams, whose mentor was the late Tom Dorance, has helped Michelle and her students over the last fifteen years. She include what she has learned from him in her teaching. Michelle has hosted clinics with her main mentor, Sue Sherry, for over twenty years in Portland and is now bringing this insightful teacher to the riders of Southern Oregon.
Michelle is available for instruction and training at Westport Stables in Talent, Oregon. Westport is a beautiful facility with two indoor arenas, one outdoor arena, round pen, schooling horses, club room and all amenities expected for a top-notch equine experience. Michelle is available for lessons on schooling horses, boarded horses or haul-ins.
Michelle will travel locally for lessons. Please see the Lesson Rates page for details.
Michelle is also available for jumping lessons. She has taught many children and adults to ride correctly and safely from starting over cross rails to negotiating both stadium and cross-country courses (the jumping photo above is one of her students who is now a trainer in California)
or call: 503.703.8462