the galloping housewife is Shiwon Green, a middle aged mother of two trying teenagers who she is incredibly proud of, wife to a wine and champagne nerd who is now ‘retired’ to full time water-skiing thanks to the Hostile Environment and staff to one biddable dog and a demanding cat. In the past she has worked as a nurse, including 10 chaotic years in A&E, run charities, milked cows, ridden horses, prepared yearlings for sale, picked kiwifruit and blueberries and hung curtains for a living.
She grew up in the Waikato with a horse mad older sister and has since dabbled in nearly every discipline from racing to showjumping, hunting to show horses, eventing to games and most things in between. She is best known for riding dressage in the New Zealand Team at the Olympic selection trials prior to the London Olympics on her first ever dressage horse who had not a skerrick of warmblood in him and who she trained up from Novice level herself.
She was born in South Korea and being from a family of nomads and global adventurers she didn’t need a second invitation when her husband suggested they moved to the U.K. in pursuit of international glory. Since doing so in 2013 its not been plain sailing, but they are now happily settled into life in Wiltshire and plan on sticking around as long as they are allowed.
She longs for the chance to once again canter down the centreline in international competition.
Michelle Clarke is a watercolour illustrator. Michelle has been painting most of her life and is a self-taught artist if you exclude the 9 months of a failed art degree. In 2017, at the age of 23 she began painting full time. Being self-employed means she gets to spend a lot of time with horses. The light of her life being Sydney, a 13 year old chestnut thoroughbred, together they compete in show jumping, dabble in a bit of eventing and love hunting with the Christchurch Hunt. When she’s not competing you’ll find Michelle out and about at horse shows around New Zealand as a professional equestrian photographer.
The original cartoon horse illustrations on this website originate from a blog series about Sydney and all the naughty things he gets up to called ‘Sydney Sundays’.
Michelle and her husband, Steve, contract milk on a 900 cow dairy farm in Canterbury, New Zealand.
You can follow her work on her Facebook page ‘The Art of Michelle Clarke’ and purchase originals and prints as well as her book ‘A horse named Sydney’ on her website https://www.michelleclarke.co.nz/