Michelle Fleming Debuts Self-Bred Khaleesi

As we settle into an exciting show season, several young horses and new partnerships have emerged from our top riders in South Africa and abroad. Alongside the new partnership for Alexa Stais in Germany, Aisling Triggol’s new partnership with Kadice, and talented junior, Ashlee Taylor’s, new partnership with Locarno Roulette, Michelle Fleming has also debuted a new young talent in Khaleesi.

Michelle Fleming, The Jumpoff
Michelle Fleming’s Khaleesi with Lorette Knowles-Taylor | Photo credit: Denford Studios

Michelle Fleming has been active in the 1.50m levels for several years on the tall, solid gelding, Plasticolors MasterBatch Chogori. Her string of horses have traditionally followed the same trend: tall and solid typed with a great attitude for work and enormous scope and ability. But the most recent young horse is somewhat different. The training show hosted by Burlington stables recently showcased the new young talent, Khaleesi. Bred by Michelle, Khaleesi is by Tolano Van’t Riethof out of Corona (Colin L), who was also competed by Michelle up to the open grades before being retired to stud at Rathmor.


The young mare’s riding career began in 2020 under the expert guidance of Lorette Knowles-Taylor – who had a busy year of young horse production including the talented Callaho Bogart – but the training show at Burlington represented the first outing in which Michelle had the ride. The first competition for Michelle and Khaleesi was an exciting debut for the partnership and Michelle was incredibly proud of the young mare and the future in store for them. 

With a great bounce in her step and eager attitude, the young mare is a great future prospect for Michelle despite her smaller stature and less deliberate stride compared to Michelle’s 3 other rides, Chogori, Fidin, and Way To Go. While Khaleesi is not Michelle’s usual type, the partnership is exciting and Michelle is certain to have a wonderful journey with her self-bred mare.

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