Amber Gipp was completely new to the sport of Dressage when she came to KYB as a working student in January 2012. Wanting to pitch in and make a difference she took to the busy barn atmosphere like a fish to water. After many hours of tutelage from both Kim and Yvonne Barteau, Amber learned the key fundamentals she would need to succeed and grow in this sport. Just over a year from the start of her position, she had earned her Bronze and Silver medals down on the tough Florida competition circuit.
A busy year was just to begin. Show season in the Midwest was a long one, but came with the opportunity to compete on a variety of horses. Grooming skills were honed caring for top Grand Prix stallion, GP Raymeister, all show season.
Amber's knowledge grew and skill level grew. She successfully trained, qualified and won at the USDF Region 2 championships in the Open Third Level Freestyle. She rode one of her favorites, Raymond, a beloved seven year old son of GP Raymeister.
The season included many events, exhibitions and equine theater productions which Amber took a feature part in. This rounded out a year packed with experience that ranged from competing in Florida, grooming at the prestigious CDI DAD at the Grand Prix level.
Praised by her mentors for her rapid progress and many accomplishments, Amber has never felt more confident that Dressage is the sport she wants to be a part of for years to come.
Unlike many other trainers, she does not have a big history in the horse world to boast of yet but since her time here, Amber believes she has been given more opportunities than any one person could ever ask for. With generous and concerned trainers such as Kim and Yvonne and gracious barn owner, Ginna Frantz, anything seems possible. With nothing but chin up, shoulders back and heels down, Amber believes her future to be bright and the same for anyone who steps through the doors of KYB Dressage and Grand Prix Equestrian Center.