Meet the Owner
Courtney Trares is the proud owner of Full Circle Farm. She
is the farm’s manager and trainer.
As manager and trainer, Courtney’s desire is to offer you
and your horse a premier experience whether it be caring for or
training your horse or supporting you and your horsemanship
goals. She utilizes a combination of natural horsemanship,
dressage, and biomechanics instructional techniques which
provide strong foundation training. Students, in addition to
riding instruction, learn groundwork and in-hand exercises to
train and engage their horse to get the horse “ride-ready”. She
has a lot of experience with people who are first time horse
owners, getting back into horses, or needing to build back
confidence. Her instructional methods are complimentary to all
Like many of you, Courtney has a lifelong love of horses.
She began studying natural horsemanship in 2003 at which time
she successfully trained her first horse. He was an unruly
yearling who transformed into a polite, trustworthy, horse. She
has competed in western classes, studied hunter/jumper and is
currently learning dressage. Her goal is for Full Circle Farm
is to be a safe, comfortable, and fun learning environment for
horses and for the people who love them.
Courtney lives on-site and personally oversees all
activities at the farm. Full Circle Farm is a no-drama barn
with a limited number of boarders to maintain healthy horses
and a community atmosphere. Please contact Courtney to visit
Full Circle Farm to see if this is the right community for you
and your horse. Responses are generally within 24 hours.
You can reach Courtney by:
Text or call: (989)225-1702
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Courtney’s Career Summary
Courtney is actively engaged in ongoing self-improvement.
She continually works on her own education by attending
lectures, workshops, and university classes on a many
- Multiple placings in CMHA Virtual Show Series Traditional
& Western Dressage 2020.
- Clinics & lessons with Karin Miles, Jillian Kreinberg, &
Patrick King 2019 & 2020.
- Top 10 competitor in the 2020 Ohio Equine Affaire Mustang
Challenge December-April 2020
- CMHA Dressage Show Training Level 3rd overall June-August
- Top 10 competitor in the 2019 Midwest Horse Fair Mustang
Challenge. January - April 2019
- Attended Mustang Taming Course taught by Ryan Rose and
adopted one of the mustangs, Marilyn Monroe, to further her
learning of taming and training at home. August 2018
- Opened Full Circle Farm offering stall and pasture
boarding, horse training, lessons, clinics and workshops.
- Studied with Ryan Rose improving colt starting, problem
solving and foundation training skills. January 2017
- Taught private and group lessons and offered clinics and
workshops on a variety of topics and levels at a local
equestrian center. Arranged for other clinicians to present
clinics and workshops at this same facility. 2014 - May
- Worked for 5 years as a licensed 2-star Parelli Natural
Horsemanship instructor offering private lessons, group
lessons, and workshops focused on groundwork, liberty and
freestyle riding. Trained young horses who have never been
ridden and advanced older horses. 2012 - 2017
- Participated in a 2-week Masterclass with Linda Parelli
and later assisted teaching a 4-week Foundation of
Horsemanship course in Ocala, Florida with Kristi Smith.
- Attended a 6-week Colt Start Program taught by Pat
Parelli at the Circle Bar Ranch in Truscott, Texas. Learned
techniques for starting and taming horses. Handled several
colts per day to provide foundational training. Progressed
colts from having never been touched to riding in a cattle
- Worked as a part of the Parelli Road Crew at tour stops
and events. Completed instructor course at the Parelli Center
in Pagosa Springs, Colorado with 6-Star master instructor
Carol Coppinger. Passed level 4 under the Parelli Natural
Horsemanship Program. 2013
- Completed a 3-month Externship at Parelli Center in
Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 2012
- Trained for 2 months in the Masterclass with 5-star
Parelli instructor John Baar, Pagosa Springs, CO. 2009
- Began the Parelli Natural Horsemanship home study program
in 2003 and successfully trained first horse transforming an
unruly yearling into a polite mannered, trustworthy horse.
Full Circle Farm is located at 5180 Grange Hall Road, Holly,
MI 48442. Here is a map to help you plan your