Valley Ridge Farm, Inc is the fulfillment of Michele's life long dream. Michele rode for 10 years at the renowned New Canaan Mounted Troop in New Canaan, CT. During that time she also rode with the late Victor Hugo-Vidal and Ronnie Mutch. While at NCMT she became the highest ranking officer. Michele not only learned to ride but also to teach, organize horse shows, and manage a barn Upon graduating from NCMT, Michele went on to Franklin College and graduated with a degree in Sociology. After college, she went to work for the late Wayne and Frank Carroll of Elmwood Farm in New York. Michele and her husband, Kevin, moved to West Virginia in 1976 and in 1980 they started Valley Ridge Farm, Inc.
Michele founded the West Virginia University Equestrian team in 1984 and coached the team until 2009. Michele took the team to numerous regional championships and zone reserve championships. In 2008, the WVU team qualified to attend nationals in Los Angeles, California where they placed tenth in the nation and had a rider win Reserve Champion. Michele was the Regional President for the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) for 8 years and sat on the National Board of Directors. Michele's many other accomplishments include: training numerous A-circuit champion rider and horses and multiple local, zone, national, and PHA high scoring awards and championship awards.
Michele has been a leader in the West Virginia horse industry creating such organizations as the Northern West Virginia Hunter Jumper Association, The Mountaineer Hunter Jumper Association, and the Monongalia Riding for the Handicapped Association. She presently sits on the Board of Directors of the Mylan Park and Event Center.
Michele's successes can be attributed to the fact that she always strives for excellence in her students, horses, and her own training skills. Michele continues to compete on the A circuit placing in Grand Prix's as well as the Woriking Hunter divisions. Michele also enjoys training and bring along young horses to show and sell. She is always honing her skill by attending clinics and work with other trianers. Michele is a frequent participant at the George Morris clinic.
Valley Ridge Farm is a place where you not only learn to ride and care for your horses but also gain self-discipline and respect for others and their horses.