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Owner & Trainer
Michele is the owner and head trainer at Well-A-Way Farm. In addition to being a USHJA certified trainer she is in the process of becoming a USEF/USHJA “R” Judge Licensed Official.
Michele started her own riding career at age four upon two, docile draft horses called Bonnie and Raison. Early on she competed in Western Equitation (stock seat) and Pony Club (three day eventing). It was not until later in Michele’s junior years at boarding school that she discovered her true love for the Hunter horse and Hunt Seat Equitation. This occurred under Purnell School’s riding director and coach, Donna Martin.
Later Michele developed her riding, coaching, and teaching skills by seeking out other successful instructors and professionals with whom to work. After making a name for herself by winning and riding in many horse shows all over the east coast, qualifying riders for several national finals, and coaching many of them to ribbons Read more…
Travel Show Manager & trainer
Natalie comes from a family of horse people and has trained with a variety of professionals in the industry. Her extensive show career and many wins provide a great background for preparing all levels of riders from beginners to show ring competitors. Natalie has been a trainer for over 10 years. She began her career at WAWF developing the Community Riding Program. After less than a year, it became clear that Natalie’s professional riding skill could be utilized to assist Miche with training, coaching and instructing. Since coming to WAWF, Natalie has been instrumental in growing the local horse show program and to co-coaching & road managing at nationally rated shows and finals. Natalie’s riding skill is ideal for training clients’ horses at home and set-up at the horse shows. Read more…
Riding academy Director, Assistant Professional Rider
Erin McNamara re-joined Well-A-Way Farm’s teaching staff as the Director of the Riding Academy in September of 2017. She started riding as a community rider at Armand and Martha’s Windcrest Farm when she was eight years old and spent the next 19 years training there. Under The Chenelle’s guidance, Erin achieved success in the equitation ring, qualifying for Maclay Regionals (on an OTTB she brought along herself) and as an adult, winning the 2006 CHJA Adult Medal Final and placing 5th in the 2008 23-25 NEEC Adult Final aboard Lan’Dina, a horse imported by Michele Goodrich.
As a professional, Erin has helped bring along young horses and sale horses, showing them on the Vermont and Florida circuits. Students she’s co-trained with Michele Goodrich and Cara Chapel have won the 2011 CHJA Children’s Medal Final, 2011 HITS Non-Pro Hunter Division at Marshall & Sterling Finals, and the 2014 CHJA Children’s Hunter Pony Classic.
In addition to working on the hunter-jumper circuit, Erin coached Yale University’s Equestrian Team from 2009-2013. She also brings with her six year’s experience teaching high school English and a familiarity with students of varying learning styles. Erin has a BA in American Studies & Creative Writing from Skidmore College.
Riding Academy Instructor, horse Show Manager (WAWF rated and unrated shows)
A Connecticut native, Becca showed extensively as a Junior and Amateur winning numerous year end awards. She attended the University of New Hampshire earning a BA in zoology with a minor in Animal Science after which she returned to Connecticut to embark on her career in the horse world.
Becca brings to Well A Way Farm decades of experience training accomplished competitors of all levels in state and regional level Finals such as Connecticut Hunter/Jumper Association, Connecticut Horse Show Association and New England Horseman’s Council Finals and of numerous year-end award winners in those organizations. Her riders have been successful in venues ranging from local to nationally recognized shows such as Vermont Summer Festival and USEF Pony Finals. She was a coach of Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Regional, Zone and National individual and team ribbon winners, including individual National Champions. In addition to training, Becca has extensive stable and horse show management experience. She serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of CHJA and is an NEHC licensed steward. Becca lives in East Granby with her husband and two daughters.
Gayle is responsible for managing the barn and general horse care. Gayle and Michele have a long history together in the industry. They worked together years ago at The Ethel Walker School where Gayle was the Assistant Barn Manager. Gayle currently has her own small farm where she lives with her husband and daughter. In Gayle’s earlier life – pre family – she worked for veteran Olympic and Grand Prix rider Melanie Smith Taylor as her Assistant Barn Manager. Gayle is also the retired Fire Chief for Barkhamsted East Fire – where she was the first female Chief in CT. She is currently Captain and EMR. Gayle showed locally in Adult/Children’s Jumpers.
Lisa is responsible for the day-to-day business management of the farm. This includes managing the books, payroll and vendor accounts. She also leads financial planning and analysis and assists Michele with marketing strategy to help ensure WAWF continues to prosper as a growing business. Lisa was introduced to WAWF in 2010 when she became part of the boarding community with her horse, Jack. In 2012, after spending nearly 15 years working in the investment products/investment management industry, Lisa had the opportunity to make a career change. It was clear that her business experience (focused in finance, marketing and client relations) paired with a strong horse background would be useful to WAWF. Lisa has been riding horses since she was 6 years old and competed at the local level as a teenager. She currently has her horse Sao Paulo, a 7 year old Oldenburg gelding imported from Germany by Michele at WAWF. Lisa has a B.S. degree in International Business from Central Connecticut State University. CPR and First Aid Certified.
Assistant to Michele
Lane Frost, AKA Laneybear, is an Alabama bred but Connecticut raised Yellow (really quite blonde) Labrador retriever. He has not failed the retriever part of his breed. On many days Lane is easily found fetching lacrosse balls for one of the clients – he is relentless about calling it a day. The only time Lane is missing from Michele’s presence is usually food related. Lane, who really replicates Ferdinand the Bull, is also known as WAWF’s chief of security. His daily strolls to the pond, his chasing of squirrels and birds he will never catch and his nosy greeting to new comers in the driveway, results in a day of full work for this loving dog. He is famous for his full, deep bark, his love of sleeping on tables, and his habit of eating pie right off the counter. He especially loves pecan pie!
Winky (named after Winky Wright)
AKA “KP” or “Kitten Pants”. He was adopted from our nearby neighbors at Folly Farm as a kitten. He has assumed the role of Office Assistant and can usually be found bathing or napping on the computer in the office. Otherwise he is helping our Chief of Security, Lane, with guarding the property.
WAWF’s newest staff member. He is a nine year old English Setter inherited by Michele in the spring 2017. He shares several roles with the other farm animals including Office Assistant, Pest Control and Security.