Michelle is a well respected dressage trainer and competitor, born and raised on her family farm in Canada. She started riding at the young age of six and has since continued her passion to work with horses.
Michelle started her riding career in the hunter/jumper disciplines- riding ponies and horses at various levels and with many successes in the competition scene.
It was in 2006 that she fell in love with dressage and has been hooked since. Michelle started her dressage career riding through the FEI children, pony and junior divisions, winning many championships nationally. Michelle had always loved training and competing and wanted to further her education with horses and become even more immersed with dressage- year 2013 she took an opportunity and went to Germany to ride for the prestigious Hengststation Pape. There Michelle started and rode many world class young horses and worked with some world renown stallions. It was there she knew this was the life she wanted, her passion was in training horses.
In 2016 Michelle started her own training and sales business 'Diamond Dressage' where she imports, trains, competes and sells European horses. Over the years she has trained and sold dozens of horses of her own (and some clients) and has a wonderful reputation of sending off high quality, well rounded and educated horses that continue to be successful in many disciplines. While Michelle focuses most of her training on dressage, she heavily believes in cross training and continues to practice jumpers. Michelle has been very successful in the show arena with her many young horses over the years- taking home multiple championships from young horse classes and all the way up the levels. Michelle takes pride in training horses properly and carefully seeking out their own individual needs in order to help them be successful and happy horses.
Where training young horses is Michelle's number one priority and joy, she has recently acquired a new competition partner that she is hoping will be an Olympic contender for Paris 2024 or LA 2028. She has always had a dream to represent Canada in the Olympics and her horse Facendo, is her new hopeful!
Michelle recently moved herself and her horses to San Diego, California USA, where she is currently training with top trainers in the industry and continuing her business of training, sales and teaching. Michelle is excited to train and compete here in sunny California, along with share her knowledge with her clients along the way.