Our Trainers and Staff

Our staff is motivated and capable, continuously working and training at Knoll Dressage.

Head Trainer

Anne Headshot

Anne Gribbons is a native of Sweden who has been active in dressage in the United States since the 1970s. She has trained and shown sixteen of her own horses to Grand Prix, nine of which were United States Equestrian Team long listed. A number of her current and former students have competed at the FEI levels, and several have schooled and shown their own horses to Grand Prix with her help. In 2001 Lesley Eden was the Individual Gold Medalist at the North American Young Riders Championships. In 2014, Laura Graves was a member of the U.S. World Equestrian Team in Normandy.

From 2010 to 2012, Anne was the USEF Technical Advisor and coach for dressage.  During her tenure the USA earned two individual medals in the 2010 World Equestrian Games and qualified for the 2012 Olympics.  In the Pan American Games in 2011, the United States won the team gold medal and swept all three individual medals.  In the London 2012 Olympics, the United States finished in sixth position with all the U.S. riders scoring over 70% for the first time.

Anne Gribbons was a member of the USET PSG-Intermediaries squad at the North American Championships in 1985 and the World Championships in 1986. In 1993 she spent a year on the European show circuit, competing in Dusseldorf, Schoten, Beek, Falsterbo and Aachen. She finished seventh in the 1994 World Championship Trials on Leonardo II, who was also invited to the US World Cup League Finals in the same year. In 1995 she was a member of the Pan American Silver Medal Team on Metallic, whom she schooled to Grand Prix. Metallic, ridden by Robert Dover, was on the Atlanta Olympic Bronze Medal Team and was the 1996 USDF Grand Prix horse of the year.

Anne Gribbons was a member of the FEI Dressage Committee from 2010 through 2013 and North American Representative to the FEI World Cup Committee 1994 – 1997, served for ten years on the US Equestrian Federation (formerly AHSA) Board of Directors, is a member of the USEF High Performance Dressage Committee and a member of the USET National Advisory Board. She is a past chair of the Athletes Advisory Council of the USDF, is a member of the USEF Technical Dressage Committee and the past Chairman of the USEF Active Athletes Committee for Dressage. She served as Chef D’equipe for US riders at the 2003 World Cup Finals in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Mrs. Gribbons is a licensed USEF Senior judge and an FEI 5* Judge. She has officiated at numerous CDI’s, Olympic and PanAm trials in the United States, as well as at prestigious events in Europe such as the Stuttgart CHIO, CDI at s’Hertogenbosch Dressage, world cup Finals in Dusseldorf in 2004, and in Las Vegas in 2007. She is also licensed by USEF as a Sport Horse Breeding Judge. In 2009, she judged the European Championships at Windsor, England.

In 2006, Anne was named “Horseman of the Year” by the Chronicle of the Horse. In 2013, she was inducted to the USDF Hall of Fame.

Anne Gribbons is a sought-after and productive clinician who teaches throughout the United States and in other countries the world over.

 

Assistant Trainer

Tamra Headshot

TAMRA BROWN is Anne’s Assistant Trainer. She started out as a working student at Knoll Farm and advanced to the position of head groom for Anne in 1994.

Over the years, Tamra has been given the ride on many talented horses, the majority of whom she trained to the upper levels herself, and several to Grand Prix.  In 2007, she was awarded her USDF Silver Medal and is currently working towards her Gold, having already achieved qualifying scores through Intermediare II.  Also, in 2007, she became the Intermediare Champion for Region 8.  In 2009, Tamra was a featured clinician at the Midwest Horse Fair in Wisconsin, one of the largest three-day horse fairs in the country.

Tamra Brown has also successfully shown in CDI competitions.  Her primary partner at the time was the Dutch Warmblood breeding stallion Leoliet (Zioliet x Dorien).  With him, she competed in CDIs in both Prix St. Georges and Intermediare I at Dressage at Devon, Zada Enterprises’ Zada Cup, and the German Equestrian Alliance Cup, a PanAm games qualifier.

After nearly 18 years with Gribbons, who was the USEF Dressage Technical Advisor to the U.S. Dressage team, Tamra has emerged from protege to Gribbons’ assistant trainer and the head of Knoll Dressage’s other trainers, now based in Central Florida.

Tamra is currently active on the Region 3 Florida Show Circuit, coaching several clients in nearly all levels, including FEI, and even to earning scores for bronze and silver medals of their own.  Well-rounded and patient, Tamra specializes in producing well-educated and competitive dressage horses as well as inspirational and informative instruction geared toward the understanding of equine mechanics and the blend of dressage art and technique.

Her student, Michelle Sheridan (pictured below on her horse Rouxletto), was the Young Rider Champion at the Region 3 USDF Dressage Finals in 2012.

 

General Manager

David L. Gribbons

Barn: (407) 366-5545

Cell: (407) 267.6276

Assistant Barn Manager

Rachel Cox

(720) 880.8363

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