Michelle is well known and highly respected as an Eventing rider based in South Australia. Michelle loves a challenge and nothing brings her more satisfaction than taking a thoroughbred straight off the racetrack, and then building rapport, establishing a connection, creating trust and then gently showing that horse how to take her safely across all the various obstacles and challenges of a cross country course. Over the years, Michelle has worked with many horses, experiencing the highs and lows that come with training and riding, and she is often seen out supporting her fellow riders at events and training days. We asked Michelle to tell us a bit about her favourite horses.
“Andy was an OTT thoroughbred who went through to compete at 1* level. He was only 15.2h but a little ripper of a horse who now enjoys a well earned retirement. Currently I’m about and about on two horses, Wilson and Grommet, again both OTT. Not fast enough to race, but perfect to event and both brave enough to cart me safely around cross country courses. Both have competed at Pre-Novice level. My warmblood youngsters, “Sprite” and “Merlot” are both coming into work and hopefully will be out competing later in 2015.”
Olympic Trailers are proud to sponsor Michelle and to be associated with people who demonstrate strength, courage, persistence and vision as well as a desire to continue to promote equestrian involvement at all levels.
Melissa “Mel” Karutz is proudly sponsored by Olympic Trailers and is often seen in the winner’s circle at Show Rings throughout the country. Mel has ridden in various disciplines including showing, dressage, eventing
show jumping and vaulting but now competes only in showing and dressage, representing SA at National level in both dressage and show horse in Rider,Hack and Hunter classes. As well as being an active competitor, Mel has seen many of her pupils enjoying success at Royal and National level and sharing her experience and knowledge is a big part of what makes Mel such a popular member of the equestrian community. Mel was the first rider to win Champion Good Hands at the Adelaide Royal Show for three years in a row on three different horses. She has twice been Champion Rider at the Adelaide Royal and has competed at The Grand Nationals in Sydney on several occasions. Mel recently won Grand National Champion Lady Rider 21-30 years for the second year in a row at the Grand Nationals held in Sydney in March 2015.