He is the great-grandson of America’s visionary conservationist, John Muir. In his own right, Michael Muir has enjoyed success in a far-ranging equestrian career that has earned his horses National Grand Championships in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. His racehorses have set track and world records and established multi-million dollar sire careers. He has directed the operations of the largest commercial carriage business in the world. He has represented the United States four times in World and International Championship carriage driving competitions, winning medals and champion honors in Germany, Austria, France and Great Britain. Michael has lived with multiple sclerosis since 1967, when he was fifteen years old. In 2009, he survived a cancer diagnosis, with two surgeries and radiation treatment. In 2001, Michael led an international team of carriage drivers with disabilities, driving wheelchair accessible carriages more than 3,000 miles from California to the White House, in an epic journey that took over nine months to complete. In 2002, they traveled across northern Europe, in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. In 2003, Michael followed the 1867 path of John Muir’s first great wilderness adventure, the Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf. After serving as President of United States Driving for the Disabled, Michael founded Access Adventure in 2005, enriching the lives of people with disabilities and other underserved members of our community by providing outdoor recreation, open space access, education and therapy through a working partnership with horses. The organization is staffed entirely by volunteers and the services they provide to hundreds of people are free. Access Adventure schedules more than 150 events each year, providing life-changing experiences for people with disabilities, injured veterans, at-risk youth, senior citizens and special needs children. The program is a pioneer in the field of therapeutic driving and serves as America’s premier organization using wheelchair-accessible horsedrawn carriages to enhance the lives of people in need.
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Michael Muir, Napa, California. 2005-present: Founder/Director ACCESS ADVENTURE, an all-volunteer program enriching the lives of people with disabilities and other under-served members of our community by providing outdoor recreation, open space access, education and therapy through a working partnership with horses. This is America’s premier therapeutic driving program serving hundreds of participants each year. 2001-2004: President, UNITED STATES DRIVING FOR THE DISABLED, Inc. 2004: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DRIVERS WITH DISABILITIES, Pairs, Individual Bronze (Grade I), Scotland. 2003: THOUSAND MILE JOURNEY TO THE GULF, drove wheelchair carriage with Cindy Goff from Louisville, Kentucky to Cedar Key, Florida. 2002: HORSEJOURNEY EUROPE, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany. 2002: CRITERIUM INTERNATIONAL, Champion, Pairs (Grade I). Amiens, France. 2001: JOURNEY ACROSS AMERICA, led an international team of equestrians with disabilities on a ten month, 3400 mile journey from California to Washington DC, driving wheelchair accessible horsedrawn carriages. 2000: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DRIVERS WITH DISABILITIES, Champion Obstacles (Grade I) Austria. 1998: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DRIVERS WITH DISABILITIES, Team Bronze, Germany. 1989-present: founder, STONEWALL STUD, developed and campaigned the Stonewall Sporthorses. 1987-1988: carriage program director, KAUAI LAGOONS, the largest commercial carriage program in the world, with more than 100 horses in harness. 1973-1986: founder, ALLENDALE FARMS, breeder of world record holders racing and National Grand Champions in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. First Appaloosa stallion to earn $1Million, first Appaloosa stallion to earn $2Million. Many times leading sire. 1965-1972: founder, SUN VALLEY RANCH, breeding and showing Appaloosa horses.