Shameless Name Dropping: Anne Gribbons
Last month I had the chance to interview licensed USEF Senior judge and FEI 5* judge Anne Gribbons. Today I’m shamelessly name dropping because I had so much fun. Anne has officiated at many of the most prestigious dressage events in the world. In our phone interview she was gracious, and kind. (Not everyone who attains Anne’s level does so without achieving some sort of better than thou attitude — Anne was truly generous with her time.)
Anne teaches in the Northwest on a regular basis and had been out to DevonWood Equestrian Centre in Sherwood, OR teaching a small group of professionals. I jumped on the chance to interview some of the riders, as well as Anne. It’s always fun to get a sense of perspective from both sides of the saddle.
You can find the entire article in the June issue of Flying Changes magazine.
One of the highlights of the interview was talking to Anne about working with trainer Brooke Voldbaek’s mare. The mare had been having issues with the canter pirouette and Anne helped the pair out in a big way.
Anne described her approach with Brooke’s horse as “Romancing her into it.”
She broke the work down into little pieces that made the mare feel successful. Before she knew it, the mare was doing the pirouette.
I love when trainers help horse and rider through issues like this, using finesse as opposed to force.
Brooke credit’s Anne with helping her to earn 71% at Fourth Level, Test Three immediately following the clinic. “It was just the right help at the right time,” Brooke said.
Anne works out of Orlando, Florida and is demand for clinics around the country. If you have the chance to ride in or audit one of her clinics, do so! Her knowledge and expertise are paired with a desire to treat horse and rider fairly. For more about Anne Gribbons, visit knolldressage.com