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Michele wanted a horse for as long as she can remember. She
rode her first horse at 5 years old and owned her first horse at 7 ...a
16 hh 1 1/2 year old stud colt named Rusty.
In the early years, she competed on many different
horses in English classes and Western games ... loving anything with
speed. Her first show was the Port Perry Fair, and she continued to
compete in many local fairs, jumpers, hunter, dressage and fox hunting.
Lee, always emphasized good basics and at the age of 12 years old
Michele began dressage lessons. She started dressage competition in 1989
and excelled in the dressage ring first on Travieso (Rambo) and later
on Been Jazzin (Taz), both Trak/TB cross. She has also successfully
competed in the Arabian dressage circuit on client's horses. She
continues her dressage training today with Karin Davis.
Michele is also a
certified instructor through the Canadian Therapeutic Riding
Association. Cedar Valley Stables was home to the Durham
Therapeutic Riding Association (DTRA) for 9 years. Michele
is also a certified Level 2 Coach with Equine Canada.
Michele always loved the sport of
eventing but had to wait until she found a mount with the heart for
x-country, which she discovered in Travieso in 1996, when he started his
jumping career late in life at 10 years old. His training continued
that summer and Michele & Travieso competed at their first event at
Dreamcrest in 1996.
An injury ended Travieso's eventing career at the
Preliminary level, but he continued to teach aspiring dressage and event
students at Cedar Valley Stables until his death in 2010.
Her next eventing
mount was Cheevos Regale (Gene), a 15'3" Hol/Han cross, who took Michele
to the 2 star level of competition. Gene was a natural jumper who would
jump from paddock to paddock for fun and to annoy Bill and Michele.
Gene continues his successful career in the jumper ring in Michigan,
Amistad, 3/4 TB 1/4 Belgian cross, is Michele's present
mount and is maturing into a brave and reliable horse. Since their
partnership began in 2005, he continues to rise to all new challenges. He
earns consistent dressage scores, he loves jumping, and he always gives
100% on the x-country course. This has been with the help of Ian
Roberts and Robin Walker.
Michele's dream to ride for Canada came true as she and Amistad were chosen as part of Canada's Eventing Team heading to the London Olympics in 2012. Unfortunately somewhere on cross country Amistad re injured his tendon and they were forced to retire.
She is now focused on Politically Correct and Glendenning Pheonix and will be heading down to the US in the spring of 2013. Watch for her.