Wellington, FL - July 20, 2009 - Diamante Farms will depart on July 30, 2009, to spend two months in Germany training with Olympic gold medalist Hubertus Schmidt. Diamante Farms is a dressage training, showing, and boarding facility in Wellington, FL, which is owned by Terri and Dick Kane. The Kane's daughter Devon and Diamante Farms' head trainer Michelle Gibson will each bring horses and will work with the world-renowned trainer through August and September to prepare for the 2010 show season.
Photo: Michelle Gibson and Don Angelo
Diamante Farms and Michelle Gibson will bring five horses to train with Hubertus Schmidt at his farm in Paderborn, Germany. Michelle Gibson will be traveling with world-class horses, Don Angelo, a nine-year-old Oldenburg stallion and Lex Barker, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Elite European Sport Horses. Devon Kane will travel with Prins, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, along with two young horses, six-year-old Danish gelding Destiny, and four-year-old Danish gelding Sanchez.
Both Gibson and Kane worked with Schmidt last season when Diamante Farms hosted the trainer for a clinic at their Wellington farm, but this will be the first time that either woman has trained with Schmidt in Germany. Gibson has taken several of Schmidt's clinics throughout her career, and she is eager to learn more. "He is an excellent trainer, an excellent rider, he is a nice person, he treats people with respect, and I just think that it is a good fit," Gibson stated. "He is an excellent communicator, and he obviously has a very thorough understanding, or he wouldn't be what he is. His style of riding and training are not so different from what I learned, so it makes a lot of sense to us."
Photo: Devon Kane and Prins
Gibson will work with Hubertus getting Don Angelo prepared for his first full season showing Grand Prix since the stallion's debut in May. She also wants to be a contender for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and she will value the help in her preparation.
"I really appreciate the opportunity that the Kanes are giving me to be able to do this, and I am really looking forward to the whole experience," Gibson smiled. "It has been quite some time since I have had any consistent help from the ground, so for me it will just be really nice to have that."
Gibson explained her goals for the trip for Don Angelo, and for Devon as her student. "My goals with Don Angelo are to put the Grand Prix together, clean it up and spiff it up a little bit. For Devon, I think that she is at a point in her riding where she will get a lot out of this. I think it will be great for her just being in the atmosphere and getting to some horse shows. She is in the right place and she is really just ready to go over there and take in the whole experience."
Kane explained that she will be in full training with her Grand Prix horse Prins during the trip, and that she will enjoy the opportunity to take some lessons with her younger horses as well.
"For Prins, I just want to get everything worked out, and I am hoping to show him in some of the National shows over there in the Grand Prix," Kane stated. "He is a fabulous Grand Prix horse as it is, but I want to just finish everything off and make everything a little bit more brilliant and comfortable."
"For myself, I just want to be able to really enjoy this experience and soak up as much as I can. I am very excited to be in a new atmosphere full of so many passionate people. I really hope to watch a lot of lessons and take the most advantage of my lessons that I can," Kane noted. "I know Hubertus has quality riders and horses in training as well, so I am really excited to just be around all of it and watch the day-to-day training with everyone."
Kane just finished several months of serious competition leading up to the Collecting Gait Farms/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions in June, and she is looking forward to competing in Europe and enjoying herself in the different atmosphere.
"I think it will be good to get Prins into some smaller shows," she acknowledged. "Every time I have taken him out, especially this season, I have been showing to qualify for a championship. It will be a lot of fun to get out and just show and have fun in a National class and not have as much pressure. I want to show him, and myself, the pleasing and fun side of showing without as much nerves, stress, and pressure. I am hoping to show my six-year-old and my four-year-old over there too for fun and experience. I want to squeeze as much out of these two months as possible! I am very excited for all of the experiences."
Diamante Farms will depart for Germany on July 30 and will train and show with Hubertus Schmidt through August and September in order to prepare for the 2010 show season. For more information, please visit www.diamantefarms.com.