Originally from Northern California, the May family made the east coast their home in 2005, but eventually moved south to warmer weather and relocated to Middle Tennessee in 2018.

Building on their own childhood of growing up around ponies, the May's introduced their daughter to horses at the age of seven.  When they found their daughter's pony of a lifetime, Wicklyn Juliet (better known as "She's Got Crayons!" ), a passion for the hunter-jumper discipline and horse breeding world was born. In 2011, Michaela May moved up to horses but she found fellow barn rat, Emily Preston, to continue her pony's competition career. As luck would have it, Michaela found more than a pony rider in Emily, she found a "sister" and Emily became part of the family from that point on.

The May's first warmblood foal was born in 2013 and they have not looked back; their first homebred stallion, "Optimus Prime", being approved ISR Oldenburg in 2018.

Whether local or rated-circuits, the goal at Highland Manor Farm is to produce amatuer friendly horses and kid-friendly ponies. We look at the horses temperament first and foremost, because:

"It's not about the ribbons, it's about the ride." -- Michaela May, 2011

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