Amanda Barbillion has been involved in the horse world since 1996. As a horse crazy kid, Amanda joined the Vancouver Pony Club and Southlands Riding Club where she developed her skills in riding as well as stable management and horse care. With experience in Eventing, Amanda met her long-term Eventing partner ‘The Red Rocket’ (Blondie) which is what put her on the path towards furthering her Eventing career and her desire to coach others to do the same.
As the Head Coach & Founder of ABEquestrian, Amanda Barbillion, attained her Coaching Certification through Equine Canada in 2009 and has years of experience coaching an enthusiastic show team that consists of riders of all ages and abilities. Amanda has a long competition record of successful competing in Eventing (to Preliminary), Jumpers to 3’9” and Dressage to 2nd Level throughout BC. She has also achieved the B2 Pony Club level.
To be the best coach possible, Amanda feels that it is important to further her own skills continually in order to provide well-rounded training to her clients. Amanda has ridden regularly with trainers Margot Vilvang, Judy Wise, Susan Thompson, Karen Pavicic and Chelan Kozak over the years and has attended clinics with George Morris, William Fox Pitt, and Lynne Larsen.
Nicole is a well-established coach in Delta BC and joined the ABE Team in 2014. She has been riding for 20 years and coaching/ training for 10. Nicole is experienced in Dressage, Jumping and Natural Horsemanship. With a passion to further her education and start eventing again it was a seamless transition to move her team to ABEquestrian. She specializes in training young/ green horses, and finding harmony between horse and human in even the most difficult situations. Her main goal is to make everyone feel comfortable and confident to be able to use the tools given to them.
Ever since Michelle was a little girl she always dreamed about having her own horse. So when she saw an ad for a working student with ABEquestrian 4 years ago she jumped at the chance to fulfill her dream. In 4 years, and a lot of stall mucking, she learned to ride on Chewy and Pumpkin eventually moving on to half lease and successfully showed Kelly in the 2’3, 2’6 Hunter/Jumpers. Since October 2014 she has been training up a beautiful green thoroughbred/warmblood mare named Bella as her very own event prospect. She is currently free leasing her with plans to purchase and make her dreams come true. Michelle loves sharing her passion for horses with others and is currently teaching beginner lessons at ABEquestrian.