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Anne Gribbons

July 7, 2006

At Last--A Real Recipe For Improvement

Ever since the beginning of serious dressage in this country, which is now nearly 30 years ago, we have diligently developed programs to educate the riders, primarily through the efforts of the U.S. Dressage Federation, but also through privately organized clinics with accomplished domestic and foreign trainers.

June 14, 2006

I Wish We'd Had These Programs For My Generation

I Wish We'd Had These Programs For My Generation

We've known for many years that we have some substantial gaps in our national dressage programs that needed to be filled, but neither Rome nor our dressage infrastructure could be built overnight.

May 9, 2006

We Judges Polished Our Young-Horse Skills At FEI Forum

As I left balmy Florida to weave my way on planes and trains to Munster, it occurred to me that not even the Germans want to be in Germany in January. Sure enough, it was -10 degrees centigrade and snowing off and on. Well, at least it wasn't rain sideways.

The occasion was an FEI seminar covering the training and judging of dressage horses, aged 4 to 6. The attending judges could take an exam at the forum's conclusion, which would allow them to judge the young horse classes in FEI-sanctioned competitions.

April 4, 2006

Young Horses Are In Focus Now

The interest in the training and progression of our young horses has increased tremendously ever since the Federation Equestre Internationale created dressage tests for 5- and 6-year-old horses and the Young Horse Championships.

March 30, 2006

Between Rounds Dressage: Triumph And Turbulence In 2005

As far as international competitions were concerned, 2005 wasn't a time of great activity, since it was an "in-between" year for us. But we did expect that the one major event we had scheduled, the FEI World Cup Finals, would be especially exciting since it was in Las Vegas.

November 17, 2005

Dear Management:

This year I've been "back in the trenches," showing more seriously than in the last few years, when I judged CDIs and high-performance qualifying competitions and, therefore, could not compete in those classes.

October 28, 2005

Is The Dressage Horse An Unhappy Athlete?

"Training or torture" is the question posed by the editor of the August issue of St. Georg magazine in regard to today's competitive dressage. The German equestrian publication hit the horse world two weeks before the start of the European Dressage Championships, and it caused quite a commotion.

September 2, 2005

Falsterbo: Back On Track

In the beginning of July, the Falsterbo CDI*** took place during four days of, for Sweden, unusually hot and sunny weather.

This time it was an "upgraded" event since, for the first time for many years, the dressage part of the show was FEI-sanctioned.

The jumping has always been alive and well at this event, but the dressage was the foster child for a long time, with substandard footing and stabling. When I competed there in 1993, the show was singing its last verse as a CDI, and it's taken about 10 years to get back on the map.

August 5, 2005

Glad To Be Back At Gladstone

For several days before the start of last month's USEF National Championships at the historic USET Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, N.J., our team coach, Klaus Balkenhol, was on location to advise us riders in our practice and warm-up, and that was quite a treat for all of us.

But it wasn't the weekend's only treat. Thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of the USET Foun-dation staff, the aura of days gone by returned to Glad-stone, a place that for many of us brings a warm feeling of nostalgia.

July 7, 2005

We Can See A Light At The End Of The Tunnel For American-breds!

Now that the Federation Equestre Internationale offers contests for 5- and 6-year-old horses and the Young Horse Championships, the interest in the training and progress of our young horses has increased tremendously.

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