About Cherry Tree Equine
Cherry Tree Equine was founded in 2010, with the aim to help people enjoy their horses more by forming a strong bond with them.
Cherry Tree Equine is a family business located south of Canberra, east of Bredbo. Everyone involved in CTE has spent their life working with and training horses in every discipline from dressage to campdrafting and barrel racing. All working on the land, horses and livestock have always been important and great educators.
Michelle has been involved with horses her whole life; growing up on the family farm there has been an endless supply of ponies and horses. Learning stock work with her father, Michael, and then progressing to Pony Club at Adaminaby and Cooma, helped develop Michelle's love of horses from a young age.
Whilst at Pony Club, Michelle participated in everything from dressage to sporting and jumping, tent pegging to showing. From these experiences, she developed a strong interest in dressage, and after several years of dressage competition, Michelle changed tack and started rodeoing, specialising in barrel racing and steer-undecorating. It was the love of the calm temperament of the Quarter Horse, and her interest in breeding true all-round competitors, that lead her to start breeding her own horses to compete on.
Michelle has been known to compete beyond the rodeo arena in such things as camp drafting, western pleasure, reining and showing at halter.
An experienced educator; Michelle teaches clinics both across the country and at her home.
Michelle writes a training article for each edition of the Australian Performance Horse Magazine. She previously had her own Question and Answer column in the very popular HorseWyse Magazine called "Ask Michelle" which helped people with their horse problems.
She is the co-producer of DVD “Please…Can I Have A Pony”, which was produced by Cherry Tree Equine and HorseWyse Magazine.
Michelle has been a presenter at Equitana since 2012; first with the Equitana HorseWyse Kids Interactive in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and then in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2022 as a presenter in her own right. She has presented topics such as “Finding Your Ideal Equine Partner” and “Happy Trails”.
Michelle has a strong reputation for instilling confidence in all her students. Her clinics cover her three basic principles; Consistency, Control and Confidence. She does this using both ground and ridden work; these same principles that have enabled her to train many horses for herself and others.
Warren is a great stock and horse man. He has many years experience in the rural sector as a horse trainer, pest animal controller and farmer.