Michele is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Mechanical Engineer who works full time for a small company in Columbia, MD. She has ridden for most of her life, spending the last 20 years teaching and training both horses and riders as a part time and weekend passion.
Michele spent most of her riding career eventing through the Preliminary level on multiple horses, taking two to USEA Year End Awards and Area II Championships. Michele and her first horse Equinox were the 1995 Area II Junior Novice Champions and finished the year as one of the Top Ten USEA Junior Novice riders. In 2003, Michele started focusing on dressage a bit more, earning scores toward her USDF Bronze medal and finishing the year at the USDF Region 1 Championships at first and second level as well as the BLM Championships where she and Derby were the First Level Champions. In 2006, Michele took Lady in Red, an unlikely event horse with a huge heart, from Novice to Preliminary, finishing the year as the Area II Training Level Champion and making the USEA Top Ten list for Training level.
In 2011, Michele received her USDF Bronze medal after finally having an opportunity to show at Third level dressage. A huge thanks goes to Shari Glickman (Goodness Ridge Farm) and her wonderful (now deceased) mare Baronessa, who enabled Michele to accomplish this milestone. Shari and Michele have been friends for over 20 years always helping each other when needed.
Another key figure throughout Michele (and Charlene’s) life and major influence on Michele’s riding is Hank Hutson. Hank and Michele worked together for 9 years before Michele and her mom purchased By Chance Farm. Hank was instrumental in helping Michele develop a solid riding foundation which contributed to the successes she has had. Hank and Michele reunited in 2011 at By Chance and Hank is now the resident trainer on the farm.
In addition to working full time, overseeing the daily operations at the farm and performing the bookkeeping, Michele also volunteers a substantial amount of her time to the Potomac Valley Dressage Association (PVDA). She has been a board member since 2010 and Chaired the PVDA Ride for Life, a benefit for the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center, since 2011.