Press Release June 15, 2006:
Michelle Gibson and Lex Barker Win USEF Intermediaire I at USET Foundation Dressage Festival of Champions at Gladstone.

Michelle Gibson and Elite European Sporthorses, Inc. nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding Lex Barker won all the classes June 2006.

The Pair won the USEF Intermediaire I Freestyle with a score of 78.700%, making a clean sweep of three rounds of competition in the Collecting Gaits Farm / USEF National Intermediaire I Championship to undisputedly earn the title. Gibson won the Prix St. Georges (71.550%) and the Intermediaire I (72.550%), which were weighted 35% and 45% respectively. The kur counted for 20%, which resulted in a total score of 73.431%.

Michelle was the 27-year-old star of the U.S. team at the 1996 Olympics, where she led the squad to a bronze medal on Peron. After the Olympics, the stallion's owners took him away from the heartbroken Gibson, and he died shortly thereafter. Lex has brought Michelle back into the spotlight, and she obviously adores him.

"He's good in the ring. He has a little bit of spark to him," she said, noting he has a cute and funny personality, always curious about everything. He lived up to that reputation by sticking his nose into the silver trophy that went with his title, no doubt looking for a well-deserved treat.

That was Lex's last competition in the I-1 division, according to Michelle. She'll be schooling him in Grand Prix movements now. But stay tuned. If the U.S. doesn't win the bronze at the WEG, it will have to mount a serious team for next year's Pan American Games in order to qualify for the 2008 Olympics. Lex may need to be on that squad.