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Anne Gribbons

July 20, 2007

Gladstone Featured A True Championship Atmosphere

The main ring at Gladstone (N.J.) has never looked better, and the grounds were groomed to perfection to welcome the participants in the USEF National Dressage Championships, (see June 29, p. 6), sponsored by Collecting Gaits Farm.

Even the weather cooperated and refrained from producing the usual boiling temperatures but couldn’t help kicking in an ambitious thunderstorm during the Grand Prix Special. And for those of us who have a special warm spot for all of the traditions of Gladstone, the presence of Jack Fritz put the final touch on the event.

June 22, 2007

Putting Age, Size And Soundness In Perspective

The other day I was talking with an experienced professional about a Grand Prix horse that’s for sale. When I mentioned that the horse will turn 12 in 2007, the knee-jerk reaction was: “Oh, then he will drop in price, because 12 is the magic number.”

Says who?

May 9, 2007

Vegas—The Second Time Around

The 2007 Rolex FEI World Cup Dressage and Show Jumping Final, April 19-22—the second time the dual World Cup Finals were held on U.S. soil in Las Vegas, Nev.—featured many highs and a few lows.

April 27, 2007

Learning To Balance Our Time With Our Passion

Scott Hassler, Ingo Pape and I each enjoyed participating in the interaction between the 60 or so trainers present at last month’s seminar for trainers of young horses at Hilltop Farm in Maryland. We certainly had some flashbacks from our own career tragedies and triumphs.

February 22, 2007

They Could Each Win The Triple Crown Of Horsemanship

In 2006, the Kentucky Derby took on a whole new meaning for some of us horse folks. Michael Matz was one of my heroes long before he actually became a national hero in that 1989 airplane crash.

February 20, 2007

In 2006, We Finally Built A Pipeline

For some reason, in 2006, things came to pass that have been in the making for quite a while but couldn't quite come to fruition until now.

November 29, 2006

Can Anky Do It Again In Las Vegas?

The CDI-W at Wilhelmsborg (Denmark) last month was one of the first qualifiers for the FEI World Cup Finals, which will take place in Las Vegas next April.

In spite of driving rain outside, the atmosphere inside the arena, which seats about 4,000 people, was warm and friendly, and, for being so early in the season, the quality of the entries was surprisingly high. Even the small tour was full of horses climbing up the ladder.

September 22, 2006

An Incredible Production

When comparing the quality and choices of horses available to our main rivals at the World Equestrian Games, the U.S. dressage riders were at a disadvantage. But through all my years of involvement with our riders, I've never seen an entire team ride as well as our 2006 representatives did in Aachen.

September 8, 2006

It Was All About Youth At The NAJYRC

The northern racetracks cancelled their races and the carriage horses in New York's Central Park stayed in their stalls, but the 100-plus-degree sizzle of Virginia in August didn't dampen the young riders (and juniors) at the CN North American Junior and Young Riders Championships.

August 21, 2006

A Bronze Medal Is No Sure Thing For The U.S. Team

It was with a certain amount of trepidation that I approached the task of judging the World Equestrian Games Selection Trials at Gladstone, N.J., in mid-June. Since her triumph at Devon (Pa.) last September, we hadn't seen Rocher in the competition ring. While in Germany, Kingston had suffered a relatively minor injury that kept him out of the trials, and Brentina wasn't going to appear on the East Coast.

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