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Anne Gribbons

March 5, 2014

Many Of Us Horse People Share An Affliction Called Jack Russells

Until about 10 years ago, our family always had dogs of proper size (at least knee-high) that displayed normal behavior. The Jack Russell terror in our house started with a phone call from friends who were at a terrier trial and saw these "adorable puppies" just desperate for a good home. At the time, neither my husband nor I had a clue about terrier trials or the fact that a Jack Russell is never desperate for anything.

November 1, 2012

Forward Bound After A Last Look Back

Our columnist is stepping down from her role as USEF Technical Advisor, but she’s optimistic about the national teaching staff she’s helped put in place to train future U.S. riders.

David O'Connor put it to me in clear language when I asked for his advice before signing the contract to serve as U.S. Equestrian Federation Technical Advisor three years ago. In the job as coach, he said, you’re a combination of teacher, disciplinarian and cheerleader.

September 11, 2012

The Olympics Were Everything We Feared

We need to increase our depth of Grand Prix combinations to have any hope of success at future international championships.

London was in focus like never before, and what a fantastic show the Olympics were! The British people have every right to burst with pride, not only because they hosted probably the best Games ever, but also because their athletes excelled in every sport, including equestrian. They gave us all an unforgettable experience and an accomplishment to look up to in every way.

July 18, 2012

Looking Beyond The Olympics

With the 2012 U.S. dressage team now selected, our columnist is already thinking of ways to make the next team even stronger.

Of all sports, I think dressage most resembles life. The seasons are long; defeat is familiar. Repetition eventually, but sometimes painfully slowly, makes you and your horse perform better. It’s not necessarily fun or safe all the time. And just as things start to jell, the preparation feels right, and the goal is in sight, the horse comes up lame.

May 11, 2012

Practice Makes Perfect

Natural talent is a good start, but you won’t achieve greatness without a passion for training.

How often have you heard someone say, “She is so talented,” or, “He is so talented,” about a horse or rider? These days when I am closely following the progress of our elite and upcoming athletes, I hear this a lot.

August 9, 2011

To Each His Own: A Comparison Of Passions

Our columnist takes a light-hearted look at her husband’s hobby—and wonders how anyone can consider dressage to be boring.

Anyone who thinks watching dressage is lacking in excitement has never been to a car show.

My husband is an avid fan of classic cars, and when he first told me of his interest, I assumed they competed in races with the old timers, or at least took them on long trips. After all, a car is for driving, right? Many years of observation have taught me otherwise.

May 16, 2011

We Must Trust Our Judges

This columnist believes that more and more regulation of dressage judging will only have a negative effect on the sport.

It was a long time ago, it seems, when people respected dressage judges for their knowledge and the extensive time they’d spent educating themselves. People thought judges had earned the right to evaluate and comment on riders performing a test.

February 7, 2011

We Worked Hard Finding Our Footing In 2010

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games were the center of our attention, but we faced more than that.

Stormy weather and bumpy rides were the trademarks for American dressage in the first third of 2010. Accidents and poor health riddled our best and brightest, and bad luck often accompanied us.

October 21, 2010

We Peaked At The WEG

Although the U.S. team didn’t come away with a team medal, our columnist said things turned out much better than she might have hoped a year ago.

A year ago, looking to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games was not my favorite thing. It loomed large and menacing as I accepted the position as U.S. Equestrian Federation’s technical advisor of dressage. At that time we had few American combinations who appeared ready to meet the challenge presented by the horses I had just judged in the Alltech FEI European Championships.

July 16, 2010

A Case For The Head

Our columnist delves into the ongoing discussion of safety helmets, head injuries and personal choice.

A few weeks before Courtney Dye’s horrible riding accident that left her with severe head injuries, she took part in a U.S. Equestrian Federation High Performance clinic in Florida working with Steffen Peters and me.

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