Michelle Klasing owns ABRT and has extensive knowledge in different disciplines since childhood. She rode Hunter/Jumpers growing up then moved to eventing until 2005. Michelle now trains in classical Dressage and received her Silver medal with her partner Claudius. She also is bringing her 2013 Dutch Warm Blood up through the ranks. In addition to showing, Michelle has taught lessons, re-trained and sold several horses, and runs her own farm. It is this knowledge that can give you confidence when you shop at ABRT. Michelle keeps up with the current trends and the latest in health care for you and your horse.Come by and meet Michelle today.
After giving up her horse in 00' to become a mom, she had an opportunity to buy a Quarter Horse mare in 07' to begin riding again and to teach her then 7 year old daughter how to ride. Kimberly has enjoyed many trail rides in the Southern Region and has also attended a couple of working cow clinics and many Natural Horsemanship clinics over the past 4 years. She now has three horses including a 6 year old Percheron mare, a 6 year old Thoroughbred gelding and an 11 year old Appendix that is her daughter's horse.
Kimberly has ridden Western her whole life but has been fascinated with English disciplines and the elegance of Dressage for many years. In June of 11, she started taking Dressage lessons and instantly became hooked! Her dapple grey Thoroughbred, Batista, is currently in training and she's excited to be learning the art of Dressage together with him! She is now looking forward to meeting a lot of new equine enthusiasts while working at ABRT, a dream job she's wanted for a long time!
Growing up in the city, horses were never a consideration. The closest I ever got to a pony was a rocking horse that Santa brought to our apartment. I am not a country girl but it was always there…I watched Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger and every John Wayne western ever produced.
My dream of learning to ride came after I was married and living in Hamilton, Massachusetts. I was introduced to a hunter jumper instructor who patiently schooled me in the basics and that was it. The bug was there much to husband’s chagrin and wallet! I bought my first mare, Murphy, and started competing. I loved it. The more I rode the more it became my avocation. Even after my son’s birth, I rode and as he got a little older, I taught him the finer points of horsemanship. He was my designated groom for shows close to home. I eventually purchased a wonderful jumper who taught me so much including dealing with temperament and injury care. We were a great partnership until his retirement. Then I came upon Clearlight to carry on and we changed disciplines to Dressage. I remember at our first show, the judge came to us to compliment our ride. It was a wonderful beginning to a long and loving friendship until her retirement.
Then enters Eineen! She is my OTTB from New Vocations. Anni as we call her arrived in July and the love affair began…..She is a beautiful mover with a big engine. Anni is a beautiful chestnut, my Maureen O’Hara. She loves her work and I love working and learning with her. We have yet to strut our stuff in the show ring but I know she will shine. What a personality! The kids just love her and she loves them back. Hard not to love a mare who puts her head on your shoulder and just wants to hang out with you.
Horses, especially my girls are (and were) the love of my life and I couldn’t be me without any of them….