WE Coach: Michelle Lackey

Michelle Lackey

Michelle Lackey

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Valley City, OH


  • Lessons on and off farm
  • Clinics on and off farm
  • Horse Sales

Michelle’s diverse 40+ years of horsemanship has allowed her to learn from and work with a multitude of breeds, levels, and disciplines of horses. Michelle’s extensive Natural Horsemanship background brings an understanding of equine psychology and communication that navigates the obstacles in the Ease of Handling Phase. Her Dressage background is quite unique. She is a certified Balance International Riding Clinician in 3 dimensional points of balance and biomechanics, and has also delved into deeper studies of feels and awareness with Terry Wright, formally with Robert Hall (Olympic Coach) and the Fulmer International School of Equitation. These attributes will elevate your every WE Phase for confidence, precision, and finesse, for riders and horses of all levels, skills, and disciplines. Sparkle and Shine, my friends!


-2021 USAWE-

*Highest Yearly Point Earner Across All Open Levels
*Certified Coach
*National Champion L4 Open
*Region 5 Champion L4 Open
*Region 5 Champion L1 Open
*Highest Dressage and EOH Phase Scores in Regional Championship
*Trained/Coached students and horses to Regional Championships
*#1 Friesian Sport Horse in the Nation
*#1 Knabstrupper Horse in the Nation


* USDF Bronze Medal
*USDF All-Breeds Champion
*USDF Multiple Regional Qualifier
*Balance International Saddle Consultant
*Balance International Constructive Riding Clinician
*Level 4 Natural Horsemanship Graduate

USAWE Logo design by Alexandra Crippen of Crippen Designs.

The logo represents the four trials of Working Equitation and highlights the diversity for which the sport is known in the United States. 

  • The first image depicts a mule, being ridden in Western tack and attire in the Dressage trial.
  • The second image showcases an Iberian horse in traditional Iberian tack and attire performing in the EOH trial.
  • The third image shows a horse of indeterminate breeding and a rider in English tack and attire, competing in the Speed trial.
  • Together, all three riders represent a team competing together in the Cattle trial. Although the cow is not shown directly, the three teammates are working in concert. The image is intended to elicit the feeling of excitement and movement as the team moves their designated cow toward the holding pen to the far right, off the page. (Think of it as a "silent cow", much as the letter "e" at the end of a word is often referred to as "the silent 'e'" in recognition of its existence without being read aloud).

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