From a very early age Michelle knew that horses would always be a part of her life. From lead line classes, to high school rodeo, futurities, derbies, Heartland Rodeo, MRCA, CCA and CPRA rodeos things have come full circle. Now, with a young family Michelle is back to the lead line days.
Some career highlights include qualifying for the NHSRA Finals in 1996, HRA Finals, CCA finals in 2007 and 2009. Winning the MRCA Finals in 2011. Now Michelle trains and prepares young horses for new owners. In 2018 she placed 5th in the CBHI Super Stakes Futurity with her 5 year old mare Squiggles.
In the fall of 2013, Michelle’s equine interests took a dramatic turn. Always believing “everything is energy” she took that thought to a place she’d never imagined. A healing journey of her own has helped her lead others.
Having experienced and overcome crippling nerves and competition anxiety herself, Michelle has first-hand knowledge and tools that have helped many others overcome the same. She developed the Mental Toughness Boot Camp to help other competitors succeed in life and in competition. Her current focus is on helping barrel racers to overcome their own nervousness and frustration so they can win with their horse as a true partner. She created the STRIDE next level barrel racing group as a means to support these barrel racers on their own journey.
There are so many things In my life to be thankful for. Great horses, great people and a little bit of luck. The one person that stands out in my mind is Michelle. There was a turning point in my barrel racing career and everyday life. When I opened myself up to Michelle about some things I had been struggling with. Having a session with Michelle was a “game changer” she helped me work through some tough points changed the direction of my life. Every time I get a chance to listen, read or even just be around this lady I jump at the chance.Andrea Udal
I have been relying on Michelle’s insight and knowledge for the last couple of years. She has helped me immensely with both, my horses and myself. Michelle is my “go to girl” when I need advice or guidance. I HIGHLY recommend Michelle.Randa Nugent