Matthew Hudson is no stranger to ranch life, brought up only knowing the farm/ranch life in N.B, he seemed to have his path well introduced. His daily involvement with horses on the farm, provided the many learning experiences that would contribute to Matthew’s knowledge and understanding of the nature of horses.
His parents had remarkable courage to allow Matthew the freedom to achieve his dream at a very young age. They have shown nothing less than amazing support and love for him throughout all his adventures and triumphs. At the age of 10 a favorable opportunity presented itself when his Aunt Wendy took him to his first reining clinic at Donnie Adams’ farm in N.B. under instructor, Sophie Laverdiere. Not long after, Matthew was on his way to live with the Laverdiere family in Quebec, as an adolescent to begin his training in reining! Sophie is responsible for teaching Matthew a crucial technique in the "world of reining", to feel how the horse thinks. The knowledge and experience gained from the years spent with Sophie encouraged Matthew to make another move towards his dream. At 16, Matthew spent over a year, with reining horse trainer, Luke Gagnon, in Texas. The most valuable lesson Matthew would say about his time in Texas, is Luke showed him what it takes to understand the work ethic and commitment required in order reach your goals. Matthew believes lifelong experiences contribute to who you become as well as make you stronger, wiser, and well balanced.
In January, 2007 at age 19, Matthew had the confidence to take what he felt as being the biggest step in his career and accepted the position of head trainer at Il Borgo Quarter Horses in Italy. Feeling unsure of his readiness for this challenge it proved to be both a wonderful opportunity by presenting challenges and experiences that were very beneficial to the future of his career. Matthew believes strongly in the "Think Big" theory. Matthew built his career for the next 4 years in Italy.
Matthew contributes a considerable amount of credit towards his growth in the horse reining industry and where he is today to the help of a great number of good people. "It made me more mature and to really step up to becoming a Trainer". Matthew believes in constantly improving and learning more. There is no limit or goal that cannot be reached. One must always remain open-minded, "you need a set of eyes to see everything and to be open-minded enough to take the good and the bad and always be able to improve".
In November of 2010, Matthew contacted Andre De Bellefeuille with Equine Plus in Quebec regarding work as a trainer. They quickly agreed and Matthew was back in Canada. Matthew and Andre have developed a very strong working relationship and have accomplished many great things over the last 2 years especially with the talented horses Andre has to offer. Matthew feels very fortunate to be able to work with such high quality horses and continues to focus on the future as a trainer with Equine Plus. His work at Equine Plus proved very successful with Matthew being recognized as "Trainer of the Year" in Quebec in 2011 and 2012. "I am always thinking of the future. Working together with Andre, as we do, has provided a promising environment and great success with each other and the horses. I'm happy to be settled here long-term.
Matthew Hudson definitely loves his job, it is obvious. He treats the horses as individuals because each individual has their own limit and he respects and has both the “talent” and the "sense" to recognize and understand a horses disposition.
Matt received a great recognition by the NRHA, being named Up-and-Coming Trainer of the Year 2012. He received this award at the NRHA annual banquet and he also stands among the top 20 NRHA professionals for year 2012.