Michael sat on his very first horse within the first month of his life. Growing up in California he was heavily involved in the Dressage community from the very beginning. Michael’s love for horses comes from his mother who is a competitive Dressage rider in California. Michael’s exposure to high performance Dressage comes from his aunt, U.S. Team rider and World Games Bronze Medalist Leslie Morse. Michael traveled the world with his mother and Leslie to major championships around the world such as the FEI World Cup, CDIO Nations Cup Aachen, and multiple Olympic Selection Trials. Its with these experiences that Michael realized that he was going to be a horse professional, particularly in High Performance Dressage. After graduating from The University of Alabama, Michael moved to Germany to be U.S. Team Rider, Jennifer Hoffmann’s head groom. Michael managed a sale, training and show barn of twenty-five horses, and was Jennifer’s traveling show groom. During his time in Germany Michael traveled to many prestigious shows, and his horses represented the United States in different countries every month. At any given time, Michael managed between 15-25 horses, and 9 stallions.
After a year and a half in Germany, Michael ended up taking a job in Wellington, Florida working for young rider, Lauren Asher. During Michael's time with Lauren, they were able to achieve an individual silver medal at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. During that time Michael began working with USDF Gold Medalist Noel Williams, her father U.S. Team Rider and U.S. National Youth Coach George, and her mother USDF Gold Medalist Roberta. During his time with Williams Dressage, Michael was exposed to Para-Dressage at the highest level. Finding his niche in a new community, Michael participated in the coveted Para-Dressage Coaches Program leading his career in a new direction of scouting and developing grassroots Para riders, ultimately leading Michael to Vinceremos.
At Vinceremos, Michael manages the barn but is also heading our Para-Dressage program, taking therapeutic riding students, and turning them into Para-Dressage riders. Michael is also a board member of the United States Para Equestrian Association, and an all-around promoter of the growth of Para-Sport in America.