As a teenager Michael rode race horses. At the age of 17 he rode in his first event.
In 1986 he rode in his first Rolex in Kentucky and was long listed for the 1987 Pan Am games.
1989 the mare he rode was USEA horse of the year.
1990 the horse he rode was USEA mare of the year and horse of the year. Also The Chronicle of Horse sport horse of the year.
1991 he had the highest score of all US riders for Pan American Selection Trials.
1993 he was 7th at the British open championships. He was on the Silver Medal US team at the Burghley team challenge.
1994 he was the first alternate for the World Equestrian Games.
1994 One of his working students Virginia Jenkins won the indiviual gold medal at the Continential Young Riders Championships. In 1995 she was on the US Pan Am Team.
1996 Michael won 2 of the 3 advanced horse trials at the Olympic Observation Trials. Another one of his working students Jill Henneberg was on the Silver medal olympic team.
1999 Michael was the first person to finish 2 horses in a
3 star and 1 in a 4 star on the same weekend.
2001 He retired from upper level competition.
Now he breeds and trains his young horses and conditions them for sales and shows. He teaches lessons and will be doing some clinics.