Meet Michelle

Michelle’s Story 

“I have never known a time I haven’t felt passionately about horses. Growing up in Sydney it wasn’t easy keeping a horse….let alone a 17hh thoroughbred.  Many adventures and an incredible friendship that lasted 12 years saw me through my youth and guided me into an amazing life with horses.

Achieving qualifications as a riding instructor in my early years, I opened my own establishment in 2000, Ride Safe Riding School. 

I found the relationship between horses and humans incredible and it became evident that my work was not only teaching a physical skill but bringing emotional well-being and mindfulness to my clients as well.

Taking a new direction, with much of the same passion I began work in Public Education as an Aide for primary students. I then moved on to work in a high school setting with students ranging in behaviour, learning and social/emotional difficulties. All the time seeking a path for equine to play a part in this world!

Discovering Meggin Kirby and her Australian model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy put me well and truly on the journey I am now on. With study and face to face time at the institute in Victoria, I have achieved Foundation accreditation in this amazing work. I have also worked through an Advanced Model (Child and Adolescent).

This and a Diploma of Counselling gives me knowledge and support to offer Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy for individuals looking for an alternative to room-based therapies.”


EPI Model, EAP / EAL Practitioner

Dip. Counselling CTA

Member IICT

Youth Outreach Officer

Resilience Coach

Seasons for Growth Grief Companion

Riding Instructor, BCAE

Over 50 years Equine Experience

“Michelle and her gorgeous ponies from Hoofbeat Farm have been regular visitors to Macleay Valley House Aged Care for several years now.

Our residents absolutely love having the opportunity to pat and brush the ponies. This brings back many wonderful memories as many of our residents grew up riding horses and they love this experience. Michelle’s ponies are beautifully presented and extremely well behaved. It is lovely to see the smiles on the faces of our residents (and staff of course!!)

Do something special for your residents and invite Michelle and her ponies for a visit.”

Wilma Sims

Director of Nursing, Macleay Valley House