Michelle starting eventing Mickie for me last year. He spent the summer with her at White Horse Liveries, Alton Barnes, Nr Marlborough. He was treated like one of her own and she spent a lot of time improving him on the flat as well as jumping.
At events Michelle was very quiet, confident and patient with him, even when he got excited particularly in the warm up and has had some good results with him. He has matured a lot physically and mentally over the time he spent with her. Michelle has been pleasant and professional to deal with throughout, and I am very pleased that I asked Michelle to event Mickie.Sarah Francis
A big thank you to Michelle who managed to get me to leave the ground (with the pony) at an age when most people have quit riding a couple of decades previously. A confirmed happy hacker I became increasing envious of some of my yard mates who seemed to be having fun and improving their showjumping skills at Michelle’s weekly grid work sessions. Finally I managed to summon up the courage to ask whether we could have the equivalent sessions but at a very basic level and with a couple of similarly challenged chums this is what Michelle provided for us. Despite being in a group Michelle’s intention is to progress individual skills and within quite a short time we all became proficient at pinging over the grids and then moving onto coursework where our flat work sessions with Michelle proved their worth. Nowadays I am happily jumping 2’6″ courses and loving it whilst some others in my group have reached the heady heights of 3’+. The great thing about Michelle’s lessons is they give you precisely what you want and what you need, excellent instruction, bucket loads of motivation and of course a barrel load of fun to boot!
Bring on the vaulting classes next – only joking!!!
Last year my vet suggested I got Michelle to come an massage my advance dressage horse as he was quite sore in his lumber region, due to having to do a lot of collected work. Michelle worked wonders in short space of time so he could do his Prix st George at Pet Plan festival where he was 4th. Michelle also competes at a high level herself so has a great understanding how much strain is put on the horses body, and I can feel such a difference after she has worked on my horse, with the coming season starting she will be coming quite a bit !
Thank you Michelle.Sheelagh & Genie.
I have regular lessons with Michelle Williamson and she schools my horse regularly. Since she has been riding him, his flat work has come on leaps and bounds and my lessons with her have enabled me to build on this as well as improving my confidence for jumping.
Michelle has an excellent eye for detail and an ability to clearly communicate with her pupils which makes it easy to learn. Her lessons are also great fun!
I have been thrilled with how well my horse and I have improved with Michelle’s help!Lynn Jarvie
I highly recommend Michelle’s Equine rehabilitation and retraining services. I turned to Michelle for help after bad luck struck me in August. My newly acquired promising young horse became injured and I was incapacitated with a fractured hip. After extensive veterinary investigation and consultation I made the decision to use the rehabilitation services offered by Michelle. Part of my confidence in Michelle’s work came from the fact that I was aware she had spent time training with an excellent and world renowned Equine Physiotherapist who was also a former employer of mine 20 years ago!
Over the past six months Michelle and her team (Louise Holden) worked skilfully in partnership with me and my vet to change shattered dreams into a much more positive future for my 15hh five year old horse, Dougie. After initial veterinary treatment it was recommended to restart his training from the very beginning as if ‘unbroken’. Michelle began with a combination of massage to reduce his extensive muscle stiffness and specialist lunging work to improve ‘top line’ muscle strength. The lunge work became purposefully more challenging, changing progressively to meet Dougie’s needs. I enjoyed watching him regain his confidence, becoming stronger and more flexible. My vet was impressed with the exceptionally good progress made and gave the all clear to start ridden work. Very good and rapid progress continued; he demonstrated an improved desire to move forward and a much improved confident ‘way of going’. Just 2 weeks after ridden work started Michelle agreed to ride him in the Christmas percentage dressage competition. I was delighted with his attitude, positive comments from the judge and resulting first place rosette with designer cup! It certainly was a lovely start to my Christmas. However I believe the biggest achievement is that my very novice 13 year old daughter is now able to safely enjoy schooling and hacking him, this surely deserves big credit for Michelle and Dougie! Our aim is to enjoy some Pony Club activities with him later this year. My hip injury has been slower to rehabilitate although I am soon looking forward to riding him again but don’t tell my consultant! In the meantime he will continue his ongoing education with Michelle.
Very many thanks,Naomi Wright
I have been training with Michelle for a couple of years now and my BE100 results with my horse Boo have improved significantly. In 2011 our average dressage mark was 41, and show jumping was 9 faults. Last season’s averages were 36 dressage and 2 faults sj, culminating in a 34 double clear and a placing in our final run of the season.
Michelle is excellent at tailoring her training to the individual horse and rider, she pushes us to achieve whilst building confidence and skill levels. I have particularly benefited from regular show jumping training which has helped me to improve both my technique and my ability to plan and ride a successful show jumping round.Jane Palmer
‘Outstanding’ is the word I would use to sum up Michelle Williamson’s teaching. Michelle has helped me with my riding skills and confidence. Michelle uses her great understanding of both the horse and rider to pinpoint new skills to develop, always being encouraging whilst challenging you to reach new achievements through varied and fun lessons.Jane Oakley
Michelle has been involved with schooling and competing my young mare, Dinah, since she was backed. Dinah is now six and has been place several times with Michelle in 2013 eventing at intro level with double clears. Although the mare is still immature Michelle rides Dinah with immense tact and professionalism and gets the very best out of her.Antice Baring
When I met Michelle my confidence was at rock bottom due to a sharp youngster and someone telling me he was dangerous and would never be any good! A year on and Michelle’s teaching skills and encouragement have given me the confidence and determination to put the past behind me and achieve. My horse is happy and listens to me. We are doing double clears and winning. Thank you Michelle, I can’t tell you how much this means!Nikki McGee
I have know Michelle for many years and her dedication to horses and their well-being has been evident since she was very young.
Her recent decision to ‘add another string to her bow’ by undertaking an equine massage therapy qualification will not only benefit her and her horses, but also the large circle of contacts she has made over the years in the equine world.
Michelle has been massaging my horses since gaining her qualification and particularly in one case she has made a grumpy (and sore) middle aged gelding very happy. His way of going has improved enormously; he is softer, rounder and more forward. He is beginning to use himself properly again after having had a cruciate ligament injury 14 months ago. He has a massage once every two weeks in combination with chiropractic therapy and this keeps him straight, supple and flexible.
Michelle is methodical in her work, takes notes and compares them before and after each session and is as delighted as the owner when there is obvious improvement in the horse’s muscle tone and way of going. I would thoroughly recommend her.Lorraine Shutter