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Melissa "Mel"








My Story

I've loved every minute of my journey


About me

Growing up Melissa’s father had a small hobby farm raising goats, cattle, and chickens. At a young age Melissa fell in love with animals and dreamt to one day have a farm of her own! Through high school, Melissa was enrolled in a program known as the FFA (Future Farmers of America). The knowledge and experience she obtained through this program encouraged her to work towards the farm lifestyle she’s been dreaming of.

Starting out her career, she worked in a holistic pet store, where she continued her love for animals. At this store Melissa met a Chamberlin staff member. Soon after this meet, Melissa began working alongside this event manager, during the summers when not in school. Once graduated from high school, she continued her education at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI. Between semesters studying Business Management, she worked as a childcare provider both up-state and down-state. “I loved working with the various age groups, and helping kids develop cognitively” said Melissa. Here she completed certificate courses in Early Childhood Development.

After receiving a Business Degree from Northern, Melissa moved back home to the Lansing area and began working for Chamberlin full time! Working towards expanding her hobby farm, she enjoys sharing her animals with families. Melissa said “I love bringing my animals out for everyone to enjoy, the excitement on kids’ faces is why I love doing what I do!”

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Medium pony up to 120 pounds

Pony "Cookie" up to 120 pounds 

Some of my favorite memories

See What People Are Saying

"A glowing testimonial! Highly recommended!"



"We cannot praise Mel, her pony Cookie and fur babies she brought for the small petting farm enough. Mel was not only professional but she was really great with the kiddos and you can tell the love and care she has for all of her animals. I highly recommend Chamberlin Pony Rides and Mel as they made our day extra special!"

July 2023

"Everything was wonderful and the kids loved the pets and glitter tattoos! 

We will be definitely booking again and added more things. Thank you to Mel the kids loved you !



"Loved Mel! Such a pleasure to meet and she interacted great with all of our crazy children! Would love to use her again!"



"We had THE MOST fun with Mel and her animals. She was wonderful with both the animals and the kiddos (and adults!). Everything was really wonderful. We will absolutely recommend Chamberlin to any friends/family looking to schedule an event! Thank you!"


Celebration Church:

" I was so very happy with the entire experience, Melissa was beyond WONDERFUL, she was kind and pleasant with the children (and adults) answered questions and stayed engaged the entire time. We received many complements - the petting zoo made our event successful !!!!!"


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