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TRAINED
WITH:

- Lord Henry Loch
- Luis Valenca (Portuguese School of Equestrian Arts)
- Don Jose Athayde (Head of Alter Stud)
- Fernando Oliveira (Nuno Oliveira's assistant)
- Marcel Bonaerens (Ludo Phillipaerts' coach)

Michael and Eclipse

OF SPECIAL NOTE:

While studying in Great Britain, he trained a horse that later was sold to Prince Phillip as an eventer.

Has been listed on Sylvia Loch's website as one of the top 15 Classical Dressage trainers in the world.

Performed on the quadrille team of Luis Valenca at the Salon du Cheval de Paris and Equitana

Earned his British Horse Society credentials in only six months

Was sponsored by Loctite Corp. to work show jumpers in Germany in the '80s

Began giving riding instruction at age 18

Trained horses for the Saudi royal family and Saudi Aramco

 

Read more about Michael in Ingrid Edisen's December 2007
article in Horse Gazette magazine

Article by Ingrid Edisen. Copyright by Ingrid Edisen 2007, 2008. Originally published in the Horse Gazette. Reproduced here with the express permission of the author.


ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:

1984
    Portuguese Equestrian Federation Credentials earned

1985
    British Horse Society Credentials earned - BHSAI

 

PERSONAL:

Michael lives in Selma, Texas. He is fluent in four languages. He grew up near Rotterdam in the Netherlands and began riding at age 10. He moved with his family to Portugal at age 13 when his equestrian career began in earnest.

Michael schools Valentine

 

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