Matthew Riggins was born in Milan, Tennessee. His family moved several times until finally settling in Fayetteville, Tennessee where Matthew was raised. He is a graduate of Central High School in Fayetteville, Tennessee and attended Vanderbilt University before transferring and graduating from the University of Mississippi with a degree in biology and chemistry. He attended graduate school as a PhD candidate in chemistry at the University of Mississippi prior to enrolling as a student at St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. It was during this time that he was fortunate enough to perform clinical work in England where he met his wife Sara in 1985. He obtained his in the in June 1986. A residency in family medicine through the East Tennessee State University Kingsport program followed. Matthew and Sara were married in April 1997 and upon completion of residency moved to Pennsylvania for a while. Returning to the Tri-Cities in 1991 Matt began his duties as an emergency physician in Kingsport Tennessee, a position which he holds to this day.
Matthew learned a considerable amount from Sara prior to her passing about the horse industry and has continued her legacy as owner of Hawley Farm Stables. In his spare time he enjoys maintenance at the barn as well as woodworking and working with computer systems. He will be retiring in the near future in order to spend more time in these endeavors as well as spending time with his partner, Melanie and son, Ian who is an agricultural manager in training in the Eastern North Carolina area.