Trainers, Teachers, Managers, Grooms
Michele is the owner and head trainer at Well-A-Way Farm. In addition to being a USHJA certified trainer, she is a USEF/USHJA “r” Judge Licensed Official. “I am available to judge several times over the year. Please call or text me at 860.306.2762.”
My history: “I began my riding career at age four upon two, docile draft horses called Bonnie and Raison. Early on I competed in Western Equitation (stock seat) and Pony Club (three-day eventing). It was not until later in my junior years at boarding school I discovered my true love for the Hunter horse and Hunt Seat Equitation. This occurred under Purnell School’s riding director and coach, Donna Martin.”
Current: 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 horses shows all over the east coast, qualifying riders for several national finals, and coaching many of them to ribbons and wins, it came time for Michele to create her own business concept: Well-A-Way Farm, LLC. She advanced her business education by studying in an accelerated adult program at Teikio Post University working towards a degree in sports management. Finally, after a long search, the quaint, rustic farm on 120 Terry’s Plain Road in Simsbury, CT, now known as Well-A-Way Farm became available for sale. It is currently a prospering horse show stable. Michele trains and directs riders to national and local finals as well as state and zone year-end awards. Michele spent time in France for a portion of her senior year in high school and continues to travel to several areas in Europe and the UK to help select horses that fit well in her program and with her riders. Michele’s primarily self-taught riding history, help, and direction from many top mentors and trainers have helped her to encompass many venues. Her drive, talent, continuous education, and understanding of nature are the elements that have created this truly successful trainer.
Michele is certified in CPR and First Aid. She is a member of the CT Farm Bureau, a USHJA Certified Trainer, a member of the USEF, National Horseshow Association (Maclay), and the PHA. Michele is also a lifetime member of the CHJA.
Professional Rider, Instructor, WAWF Show Secretary And Manager
Erin McNamara re-joined Well-A-Way Farm’s staff as a pro-rider and Riding Academy and Boarder Instructor 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 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.
Professional Rider, Instructor
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