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Lessons, Training, Boarding, Showing, Camps, and More!

Boarding and Training


Valley Ridge Farm offers full professional board and training services for your horse at our safe, clean, and spacious 26-acre facility in Masontown, WV, with a customized plan for you and your horse depending on your needs. 


- (17) 12x12 matted stalls with heated Nelson

   waterers (main barn)

- (6) 12x12 stalls (attached annex barn)

- Wash stall with hot and cold water 

- New well, plenty of water and great pressure

- Indoor heated bathroom and shower

- Large heated tackroom

- Upstairs storage area

- Heated lounge overlooking indoor arena

   with microwave, fridge, and seating

- Attached 60 x 153 indoor arena with kick boards

 - Owner lives on property



- Professor trainer on site with extensive

   Hunter/Jumper training and show experience

-In House Dressage Instructor 

- On Property Clinics with outside clinicians

- Hunt Seat IEA team

- Dressage IEA team (New for Fall 2024!)

- Stalls cleaned daily, and horses turned out daily

- Weekly farrier

- All horses put on our farrier, vaccination, and

   worming schedule


Camps for Horse Lovers Age 4 and Up


Valley Ridge Farm offers fun, safe, hands on camps for aspiring equestrians ages 4 and up. For our youngest or most timid riders, we offer a four week Pony Pals clinic, with 1 hour sessions each week. We also offer a variety of full day camps throughout the year, for the kids who would love to be dropped off to spend the day with horses! All of our camps have a strong emphasis on safety, and are taught by highly educated instructors to give your kids the best start possible on their equestrian journey!

Check out our online booking page to see upcoming offerings!

Lessons for Every Level


Whether you just love being around horses, or have competition goals, or are somewhere in between, we have a lesson to fit your needs and your level. With several instructors, including an in horse dressage instructor, we can guide you on your way to becoming the best horse person you can be. Valley Ridge Farm puts a strong emphasis on safety and knowledge, so you can rest assured that you (or your loved one) are in the best hands possible!

Check out our lesson options to see what's right for you!


Unique Goals? We'll Help You Succeed!


Are you working towards a specific goal, and need a tailored plan? Michele has the knowledge and experience to help you succeed!


Meet Michele

Michele is a United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Certified Trainer. This professional recognition indicates Michele’s broad range of skills and knowledge, including training techniques, rider and horse safety, horsemanship skills, and business ethics. Michele learned the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Rider System directly from the program’s founder, Bertalan de Némethy, the Show Jumping Coach for the United States Equestrian Team. She promotes and teaches this riding system to her students, as well as all principles promoted by the United States Hunter Jumper Association.


Michele rode with the renowned New Canaan Mounted Troop (NCMT), in New Canaan, CT, for ten years. During her time with NCMT, she also rode with the late Victor Hugo-Vidal and Ronnie Mutch and became the highest-ranking officer. Michele’s training with NCMT was eclectic and well rounded, including upper level equitation instruction, jumpers, and dressage training with an in house dressage trainer from Germany. As a junior rider, Michele competed in USEF Medal, ASPCA McClay Medal, 3 day eventing, and fox hunting. Michele learned not only to ride, but also to teach, organize horse shows, and manage a barn.

In 1984, Michele founded the West Virginia University Equestrian team, which she coached until 2009. She took her team to numerous regional and zone reserve championships. In 2008, Michele’s WVU Equestrian Team qualified to attend nationals in Los Angeles, California where they placed tenth in the nation and had a rider named Reserve Champion.

Michele served as the Regional President for the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) for eight years and also sat on the National Board of Directors of the IHSA. In addition, her passion for all things equestrian has led to numerous accomplishments including successfully training numerous A-Circuit champion riders and horses, as well as multiple local, zone, national, and Professional Horsemen’s Association of America high-scoring and championship awards.

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