Olympic dressage rider Michelle Gibson is the latest high-performance competitor to join Team Matrix. Based in Wellington, Florida at Diamante Farm, Gibson is one of America's leading dressage riders and trainers.
Just this past June, Gibson was crowned as America's National Intermediaire Dressage Champion at the 2008 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Festival of Champions in San Juan Capistrano, California. It was there that she met Matrix Vice President Keith Manfred and learned all about the nutritional benefits of the Matrix for both her and her horses.
"I spoke with Keith about the Matrix and found it to be very interesting," Gibson said. Hence, she tried it on a few of her horses and found "that it really does help them to be more focused and more at ease in training."
Gibson is now a true believer in the Matrix and said "I'm excited about joining the Matrix Equine Team. Everyone involved with the Matrix has been a pleasure to work with and they have a fantastic product." The Matrix is just as excited about having Gibson on the team.
"We're really pleased that Michelle has chosen to come on board as a Matrix Equine Team member," said Matrix Vice President Keith Manfred. "Michelle is not only a fabulous rider and trainer who has represented American dressage in international competition, but she is also a wonderful person. We really look forward to working with her as a Team Matrix member."
Gibson's recent national title was earned with the help of Don Angelo, an eight-year-old Oldenburg stallion owned by Terri Kane of Diamante Farms. A native of Maryland, Gibson was raised in Georgia so perhaps it was only fitting that she should have been a member of the U.S. Olympic Dressage Team when the Olympics were held in Atlanta. Gibson and her equine partner at the Olympics, Peron, helped the U.S. win the Bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
PhelpsPhoto: Terri Kane, Michelle Gibson, and Devon Kane of Diamante Farm at the Festival of Champions toasting their recent win with Don Angelo at the Matrix party
In the course of her dressage career, Gibson has spent time in Germany training with some of the best trainers of the modern era, among them Willie Schultheis and Rudolf Zeilinger. After her Olympic success, Gibson returned home to Georgia and then later relocated to Florida where she has built a solid reputation as a leading American trainer and rider. With a current string of top horses in her barn, combined with her talent, Gibson is sure to continue to be a force in international dressage in the coming years.
Produced by Golden Gourmet Mushrooms of San Marcos, California, the Matrix is a special blend of organically-grown medicinal mushrooms that comes in formulas for humans, small animals and horses. Among riders and trainers who have joined up with Team Matrix – as the group of equestrian Matrix promoters are called – are dressage couple Shannon and Steffen Peters; leading dressage trainers Willy Arts and Jennifer Hoffmann; Canadian Olympic rider Jacqueline Brooks; Jane Hannigan, who represented the U.S. in the Dressage World Cup this spring; Carl Nafzger, trainer of Kentucky Derby winners Street Sense and Unbridled; leading California show jumping riders Will Simpson and Susan Hutchison and U.S. Equestrian Federation Young Horse Coach Scott Hassler and his wife, Susanne.