Michelle accepts a wide variety of horses in for training, from starting youngsters to tuning up old school masters and everything in between. She is committed to the classical process and focuses on correct, straight riding that builds fitness and flexibility. Her students range in age from early teen to upper 70′s and come from a variety of backgrounds, but all benefit from her upbeat teaching style and ability to make complex principles fun and easy to understand. She is known throughout the region for her advanced longe lessons. To stay fresh and keep improving, she still trains regularly with Carel Eijkenaar.
Michelle began riding as an eight year old in a western saddle on a horse named Wizard. Much later (2006), she founded LaBarre Dressage Training Center in East Aurora, NY.
Michelle believes in the absolute importance of a proper riding position, the dynamic nature of contact, and effective, swift and well timed aids.