Michelle grew up in La Canada Flintridge, California and began riding at the age of seven. She competed in all the local show circuits, earning many championships in the LAHJA and San Fernando Valley Associations. She began training with Karen Healey at twelve and claimed numerous wins and championships in the Hunter, Jumper and Equitation rings. She was top four in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals West in both 2007 and 2008, Reserve Champion in the CPHA Junior Finals and the WCE Finals. Michelle has competed in all the National Equitation Finals, placing sixth in the ASPCA Maclay Finals in Syracuse, New York.
Michelle attended the University of Georgia on an equestrian scholarship, riding on their NCAA Division I Team. During that time, Georgia won two National Championship titles. Michelle also won an NCAA Individual National Championship for Equitation on the Flat and appeared in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd. She is a four time All American in both Equitation Over Fences and Equitation on the Flat. Michelle spent 2013 as a student coach for Georgia Equestrian, where she helped them to achieve the Reserve National Championship.
After college, Michelle decided to pursue her equestrian dreams and passion, and moved to Southern California to start the Clearing Farm. Since her debut as a professional, she has had students with wins and top ten finishes in several medal finals–including the Region 8 ASPCA Maclay Finals, the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals, SFHJA 17 and Under Finals, LAHJA Senior Finals and the IEL Varsity Medal Finals. With a strong horsemanship background, combined with a team mentality, Michelle’s primary focus is to guide her students to success – both in and out of the show area. From short stirrup to national finals, The Clearing Farm is committed to excellence at all levels.