CEDAR RUN FARMS       412.767.5170
415 Cedar Run Road
Allison Park, PA 15101

Experienced Instructors

Charlene Michael, Head Riding Instructor

Charlene's primary focus during instruction is harmony and balance of horse and rider.  She began her years of teaching in 1989 at a horsemanship camp in Ohio as Riding Program Director and Assistant Stable Manager. In 1990 she received her Level 1-4 English and Level 1-3 Western Certification from Certified Horsemanship Association.   She has taught at various barns and equestrian programs in the Greater Pittsburgh and Western Ohio areas over the years.  She has continued her education by taking lessons and courses, auditing seminars and participating in and auditing clinics from top level international riders and trainers. She served as the 2012-13 Westminster College Equestrian Team hunter seat equitation coach competing in the Intercollegiate Horse Showing Association (IHSA). Currently serving as assistant coach Duquesne University Hunt Seat Team and Interscholastic Equestrian Association team (IEA). She is a US Pony Club D & C​ examiner/ rater.  She is a professional member of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), and former chairman of the Western Pennsylvania Professional Horsemen's Association (WPaPHA).

She has enjoyed teaching all ages and levels of students over the last 28 years from special needs, physically challenged riders, pleasure riders and serious competitors.  She is very excited to be working with her students, whatever their level, in setting attainable short and long term goals.  She is a firm believer in coaching them to success, whether it be for pleasure or toward competitive riding.  She earnestly desires for them to come to a deep understanding of the incredible relationship between horse and rider.  She teaches with a strong emphasis on proper, classical equitation and how it directly relates to the horse's ability to perform under the rider. The success of her students speaks for itself.​  Lessons are available for those wishing to ride Hunters, Equitation, Jumpers, & Dressage.

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