Gabby Angelico grew up outside of Chicago, IL, riding whatever she could get her hands on and often cleaning stalls in exchange for rides. Gabby discovered her love of dressage around age 14 and shortly thereafter began working for local dressage trainer Guillermo De Hoogh in exchange for training. Gabby was an accomplished rider by the time she left for Otterbein University in 2009, where she was an active member of the Intercollegiate Dressage Team and eventual team president.
At Otterbein, Gabby rode under Bruce Mandeville, former Canadian Olympic Eventer. Bruce was a mentor for Gabby throughout her college career, providing guidance both in and out of the saddle. Gabby completed her B.S. in business administration with a minor in equine science in 2013, and her MBA in 2014. She credits Otterbein with allowing her to tailor her studies to focus on the business aspects of the equine industry in both her undergraduate and graduate studies.
Following university, Gabby worked as a working student, spent time grooming in Wellington, and eventually ended up working as an assistant trainer outside of Aspen, CO. Gabby met Grant, Sharon, and Nicole in 2017 and began working for Westmanton as an apprentice trainer in the fall of 2018. Gabby’s extensive experience and education provide a unique perspective as an apprentice trainer and operations manager of IHD.
Gabby approaches dressage training from the perspective that any horse can benefit from proper training, regardless of breed, and that the rider must respect and train for the sport as much as we expect our horses to. Gabby enjoys providing her human clients with individually-tailored workout plans and enjoys providing her equine clients with the best possible care. She thrives on making our facility run as smoothly as possible and works closely with Nicole to coordinate proper care of the horses.