Collective Remarks

A Journey through the American Dressage Evolution: Where We've Been, Where We Are, and Where We Need to Be

Anne Gribbons

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World renowned dressage judge and former US Olympic coach Anne Gribbons has had the unique experience of living the trajectory of the dressage evolution in the United States. A native of Sweden, Gribbons has been active in the US dressage scene since 1972, when dressage in this country was in its infancy. She has trained and shown sixteen of her own horses to Grand Prix, nine of which were long-listed for the United States Equestrian Team, and one of which—Metallic—was on the Olympic bronze-medal-winning dressage team in Atlanta under current US Dressage Team Technical Advisor Robert Dover.

In addition to her equine "students," Gribbons has coached many successful riders through the levels, and she has always been willing to share her experience and guidance in the form of clinics, lectures, and her popular column in the consummate American equestrian magazine The Chronicle of the Horse. Over the course of almost 20 years Gribbons provided commentary on the state of dressage in the Unites States and around the world, tying together her diverse viewpoints from the ground, from the saddle, and from the judge's stand with her trademark style and wit. Now, the best (and in some cases, the worst!) of Gribbons' personal experiences as a rider, trainer, breeder, facility owner, sponsor, competitor, instructor, coach, and judge—first shared in her Chronicle columns—are gathered into one immensely entertaining sourcebook of history, humorous anecdotes, attempts to learn from dressage's past, and prophesies about the sport's future. Anyone with an interest in dressage, its controversies, and its most famous names, will enjoy Gribbons' stories, but the true value is in her ideas for improving our horses, our riders, and our ability to compete on the international scene with success and integrity in the years to come.

Additional Information

Author: Anne Gribbons

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 384

Illustrations: 20 illustrations

ISBN: 9781570766831

By Anne Gribbons

Anne Gribbons was the U.S. Equestrian Federation Technical Advisor for Dressage from 2010 through 2012. She developed the USEF educational dressage pipeline and guided the US riders through the World Equestrian Games, the Pan American Games, and the London Olympics.

Gribbons has trained and shown 16 horses to Grand Prix, competed in 10 USET Championships, and was a member of the US silver-medal-winning team at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina. She is an FEI 5* dressage judge and has officiated at numerous CDIs worldwide and selection trials in the US, as well as prestigious European shows like Stuttgart, Rotterdam, and Aachen, and two FEI World Cup Finals. In 2009 she judged at the European Championships in Windsor, England. From 2010 through 2013 Gribbons was a member of the FEI Dressage Committee, and in 2013 she was inducted into the USDF Hall of Fame.

Equine Journal Says:

“Anne Gribbons shares a lifetime of knowledge in this delightful, often humorous read....Gribbons’ trademark style and wit show through as she instructs us on improving our horses and our ability to compete with success and integrity.”

Dressage Today Says:

“Words from the wise...everything from historical information to anecdotes to discussion of controversies and predictions for the future.”