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Anne Gribbons

April 22, 2010

Celebrating 25 Years Of Horses And Music

Our columnist reflects on the birth of the FEI World Cup Final and the many changes happening in the sport today.

Light years ago, I was at a dinner hosted by the then top brass in the Fédération Equestre Internationale. The
subject of introducing music as an element of Olympic dressage competition was brought up at the table by Eric Lette, a prominent dressage judge and later the chairman of the FEI Dressage Committee.

February 5, 2010

This Was The Year Of Totilas

This past year was certainly one of change, progress and surprise. And some turbulence dressage didn’t need. The Fédération Equestre Internationale Dressage Task Force replaced the FEI Dressage Committee, which was dismissed the prior year, and went to work.

November 20, 2009

Our Lost Generations

Our columnist sees a void in our system for discovering and developing talented young dressage riders.

Close to 40 years ago, dressage was introduced to this country as a “new” concept in riding. Slowly the discipline was accepted, adopted and embraced by American riders.

We have the event riders to thank for the initiative of being the first to bring dressage over here, and once it took hold, its growth in popularity has been rapid and rewarding. That is, for adult participants.

October 16, 2009

Breaking Records At Windsor

Our columnist, who presided over the European Championships in England, brought home many wonderful memories.

When the dressage jury for the Alltech FEI European Dressage and Show Jumping Championships arrived in Windsor, England, in September, the members might have had an inkling that we were in for a treat, but we didn’t expect to witness dressage history in the making.

September 11, 2009

Judging In Europe In Interesting Times

Our columnist has enjoyed a busy summer spent evaluating the world’s best dressage horses and riders.

June 5, 2009

New Zealand From A Dressage Point Of View

Our columnist travels “down under” and reflects on what she lived and learned.

For many years, I’ve had an urge to visit New Zealand. So when the opportunity arrived to judge and conduct a couple of judges’ seminars, I agreed to go, although it fell right in the middle of the Florida show season.

The trip from Orlando to destination “down under” took 30 hours door to door, but it proved to be a small effort to make for a trip to paradise.

May 8, 2009

Three Times A Charm At The Rolex FEI World Cup Final

Our columnist reflects on her third experience at the Final in Las Vegas.

“Three strikes and you’re in” was the ticket when it came to the 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Las Vegas, Nev. Since the initial World Cup competition in 2005, I’ve been part of the “crew” of officials as judge or Appeals Committee member, so I’ve been able to observe the proceedings from the inside each time.

March 6, 2009

The Relativity Of Soundness

Our columnist believes that technology shouldn’t be the only tool employed in the decision to purchase a horse.

In January, I read the fabulous story “Graf George—What I Remember” (Jan. 30, p. 33), written by Dr. Paul McClellan, the long-time treating veterinarian for all of the horses belonging to Dick and Jane Brown and ridden by Guenter Seidel.

February 6, 2009

A Year Of Constant Change

Let’s start from the end, for a change. At the latter part of November 2008 the Dressage Committee of the Fédération Equestre Internationale resigned after a breakdown in communication between the chairman of the committee, Mariette Withages, and the FEI president, princess Haya Bint al Hussein. So, looking ahead to the New Year, nobody is in charge of dressage worldwide. How did we manage to get to this point?

January 23, 2009

The Joy Of Judging

Our columnist has a passion for judging but wonders if some bureaucratic changes will diminish her future enjoyment of this vocation.

In the wake of attending the International Judges Meeting in Vienna, Austria, in October, I had time on the plane ride home and plenty of reason to contemplate what motivates you to become a dressage judge and what keeps you going.

I consider myself a trainer and competitor first and a judge second. Yet I have now spent more than 30 years in the judge’s box.

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