Michelle was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. Since Michelle learned to speak, horses have been the topic of conversation she prefers. Horse might have been her first word spoken. Coming from a family that had no interest in animals, this obsession opened up many new experiences for her parents.
At the age of 6 her mom took her to the local trail riding stable. She began riding and took an interest in the western disciplines. After a few years of western riding, Michelle was bored with the slow paced western horses. One of her friends was riding show jumpers, and convinced her to come for a lesson.
From that day forward, Michelle found her passion. With many hours of practice and hard work, Michelle competed successfully as a Junior on the A show circuit. In 2000, Michelle made the decision to become a professional. Since then, she has helped numerous horses and students achieve their riding and showing goals. Michelle currently competes, trains and coaches through the Grand Prix level at her barn Silver Mesquite Equestrian.