An article in the newspaper about a young woman, a talented dressage rider without a horse, led Michelle Gibson to a pasture near Atlanta, Georgia, where a pot bellied stallion grazed in a field. Five years later, their score clinched the bronze medal for the American Team at the 1996 Olympic Games.
While every young rider devoted to their passion may dream of one day riding for their country in the Olympics, this was not what Gibson had set out to do. All she ever wanted to do was ride, and be the best that she could be. So she packed her bags and her borrowed horse off to Germany and worked harder than she could have imagined.
In fact if you were to ask her what her proudest personal achievement as a rider is she would tell you it was being awarded the German "Golden Rider Medal" presented at the 1996 Olympics by the President of the German National Federation, the first American rider to earn this award and the first time awarded out of Germany.
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