Michelle is a dedicated equestrian with over 15 years of experience riding and training horses, from breaking to advanced jumping, across a variety of disciplines. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University in Animal Sciences – Equine Nutrition, with a heavy emphasis in Chemistry.
Michael has a degree in Culinary Science and has extensive experience in the Customer Service industry. He is a passionate and talented golfer who is new to the equestrian world. Outgoing and hard-working, he is great at helping maintain both the facilities and quality care of our horses and clients.
Michelle & Michael relocated to Ocala from Ohio at the end of 2016 with the goal of opening a quality equine facility in the warm, wonderful climate of the south. After over a decade of boarding horses at other people’s farms, they are very excited to have their own facility with the knowledge and experience they have gained through the years.
Show name - Prime Time
Jockey Club name - Solar Siren
2009 OTTB mare, bay, 16.1hh
Purchased January 1, 2014 with three months let-down time, no retraining. Isis was purchased to be Michelle's future jumper mare, however she is a natural in the dressage ring! She has gone to 3'3'' but is currently focusing on dressage. She is affectionately known as "The Princess."
Show name - My Super Hero
Jockey Club name - Bien Super
1998 OTTB gelding, chestnut, 17hh
Purchased as a 9-year-old who had not been ridden in 3 years, Hero previously had been campaigned to Training level eventing and was set to move up to Preliminary, however had developed extreme confidence issues over fences. With Michelle he schooled to 4'3'', and has competed in jumpers, hunters, and equitation to 2'6'', and made a perfect lesson horse. He is now retired due to the development of Navicular disease in both front feet, though he still gives the occasional pony ride to our nieces and nephews.. He has a multitude of nicknames, including "Mr Perfect" and "Monster-man."
Show name - Pinkie Pie
BLM branded name - Tempest
est. 2010 Mustang mare, dark bay, 13.1hh
Pinkie Pie was picked up by BLM as a 2 year old in February 2012. It is unclear what she has done or where she has been for the last five years, and she came to M&M Equine Center, LLC barely halter broke. The goal is for her to be a children's hunter pony in the future, but we are in no hurry.
Beautiful photo of this adorable pony courtesy of Lil Rae of Sun Photography. Click on the photo to contact Rae today for a shoot!
Show name - Misconception
Jockey Club name - During Dancer EF
2006 OTTB gelding, dark bay/brown, 16.2hh
MC was purchased from a "kill-buyer" at a slaughter auction in Ohio, as a 5 year old the day after his one and only race. He was retrained for two years, schooled to 3'6'' (barefoot), and showed at 2'3''. Nicknamed "The Bear" for his absurdly thick winter coat.
Sold to a low-level eventing/intermediate adult rider home in Indiana.