About the Trainers

Laura Shea is the owner and operator of Cornerside Stables. She started as a qualified amateur rider in the hunter/jumper and eventing disciplines. She trained with top riders along the east coast, taking many wins. Now she is a professional rider of over thirty years’ experience in the hunter/jumper competitions of all ranks.  Laura having a strong background in Dressage is what has played a key role in her young horse training success. Teaching the importance of balance and correction, making for an effortless jumping round in the hunter ring. She hopes to pass each of these important riding concepts on to her students. With her classical foundation and amicable personality, she makes every rider and horse in her presence feel exceptional. Laura has brought many young riders to their highest potential, one being her daughter Michelle. She teaches and manages Cornerside Stables alongside her daughter and eternally hard working husband Tim.

Michelle has competed in nationally known shows across the East coast. She has qualified for many state finals in her equitation divisions as a junior rider. One achievement having won 2nd place overall in the Medal Maclays in Ocala, Florida in 2009. Over the past 15 years in the horse industry she has many other great achievements and awards in the children/adult equitation, hunter and jumper divisions. Michelle has worked alongside many top trainers throughout the years, but brings her broad knowledge back to Cornerside Stables. Having a sharp eye for raw talent, she and her mother have brought many young horses along in the hunter and jumper divisions. After graduating with a Business management/marketing degree and also an Animal Science degree with a nutrition focus from University of Kentucky she has taken on the responsibilities and duties of managing the daily tasks of Cornerside Stables.