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Our Trainer


Michelle LaBarre is an internationally competitive dressage trainer that has owned and operated LaBarre Dressage Training Center since 2006.  Voltra Farm has been her home base since 2016.  Voltra Farm is a perfect facility for Michelle to work from.  The 16 stall  barn allows Michelle to keep track of all of the horses in her training progrm.  And the facility itself allows for both healthy and safe  living for horses as well as the opportunity for Michele to train in all weather on excellent footing in a quiet and stress free environment. 

Working with Michelle LaBarre, students can expect to get the benefit of Michelle's own devoted study of dressage.  Of special note, and particular influence, are Michelle's seven months as a working student for Herr Egon von Neindorff.  At the Reitinstitut von Neindorff in Karlsruhe, Germany daily lessons on the longe and lessons on his Lippizan horses taught Michelle a tremendous amount about the classical seat and helped develop her understanding of the biomechanics behind correct riding posture.  This is possibly the chief hallmark of Michelle's teaching and training.  She is well known for her advanced longe lessons and always has a wait list for this rare and most valuable asset to any serious dressage rider's success.

Upon returning from Germany, Michelle met her 15 years mentor, Carel Eijkenaar.  Mr. Eijkenaar, himself a devoted student of Georg Theodorescu, formed Michelle's thinking as a trainer.  He taught her to understand the training scale and to use it with creativity and flexibility.  Michelle brought every type of horse - in conformation, in character, and in breed, into her lessons in order to develop the breadth and depth of knowledge that she uses to approach the horses that come into her program.  This is true whether she is starting a young horse or fine tuning your Grand Prix horse.  Currently, Michelle works with FEI Four Star judge Agnes Majewska and also seeks guidance from Arthur Kottas.

Sending your horse into training with Michelle will mean your horse gets fantastic care and attention.  Michelle is honest with you.  She does the training herself and works towards your expressed goals for you and your horse.  Because of this, each program is tailor made.  Michelle is willing to consider all levels of rider and horse.  Please contact Michelle directly to design a program to reach your goals.

As a coach, Michelle works best with students committed to their development as riders.  She is happy to work with competitive and non competitive riders on any type of horse and in any discipline.  Regardless of your goals.  Michelle will treat you with respect.  She will work tirelessly to help you understand your body, your horse's body and perspective, and help you break through the psychological limitations that haunt all of us in our pursuit of excellence in this sport.  Michelle offers lessons in various forms.

                 •  In house lessons  •  Trailer in lessons  •  Lessons on the Longe  •  Online lessons  •  Off site clinics  •  Show coaching  •

For more information about Michelle and her program, you can visit her website at www.LaBarreDressage.com.  To inquire about fitting into her lesson program, please contact Michelle directly at either Michelle@voltrafarm.com or via the Voltra Farm Contact Us page.

Testimonials

Shelley White - Student

"I've been riding with Michelle for nearly 10 years and have been riding dressage for nearly 35 years. I have developed more as a rider and trainer in the past 10 years than all my years prior to meeting her.  She has helped me develop several horses that have presented a variety of challenges.

As a rider, I have presented her with additional challenges as I have numerous physical limitations.  She has studied my situation and has worked to help me be the best rider that I can be.  She has taken my horses in for training while I've been unable to ride.  While training my horses, she has kept my limitations in mind to help my horse understand me better.  She's even ridden in my adaptive tack to understand my experiences.

I find her approach as a horse trainer refreshing and creative.  Each horse's training program is developed to meet their physical and mental needs.  She's equally challenging for the horse while keeping it fun and low stress.  Even for short intervals, my horses come home from training extremely fit and relaxed.

She's continually learning and thinking of ways to explain the nuances of proper position, timing and feel.  Michelle keeps coming up with new visualizations to describe complex topics which  oftentimes are downright hilarious.

She ALWAYS leaves me challenged and inspired for my next ride.