Michael Hillman and his wife Audrey moved to Emmitsburg in 1988 from the Unionville horse country just outside of Philadelphia, purchasing a small tenant farm on the outskirts of town. Michael is an
avid amateur three-day event rider and coach. For 10 years he
authored a column on Eventing for The Equiery, as well as articles for The US Event Horse, and the United States Eventing Association.
Michael's wife Audrey, a former Olympic equestrian team groom, currently serves of the board of the Adams County Extension Service and is Native Plant
Michael, an engineer by training, is a graduate of Villanova University, the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power School, and served as an officer aboard United States nuclear submarines. He has worked at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy working in the
emerging field of Knowledge Management.
An early contributor to the old Emmitsburg Dispatch, Michael chronicled the lighter side side of a city slicker trying to fix up an old farm. Through their diligent, albeit sometimes humorous efforts,
Audrey and Michael have turned their farm into an equestrian and horticulture paradise.
In addition to his professional and equestrian activities, Michael serves as the president of the Greater Emmitsburg Historical Society, is on advisory committee of
Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center's Council, and is the founder of Emmitsburg.net, one of the largest non-profit
integrated community websites in the United States.