Trainers and Staff

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

HEAD TRAINER

ANNE GRIBBONS 

Anne Gribbons is a native of Sweden who has been active in dressage in the United States since the 1970s. She spent a total of 2 1/2 years in Germany in training with Harry Boldt, Herbert Rehbein, and Dr. Volker Moritz.

Anne has trained and shown eighteen 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 are competing at the FEI levels, and several have schooled and shown their own horses to Grand Prix with her help. In 2001 Lesley Eden, a long time student of Anne’s, was the Individual Gold Medalist at the North American Young Riders Championships. Since 2014 Laura Graves who spent over three years in training with Anne, has been a member of three international championship USEF dressage teams. Anna Marek and Jodie Kelly, both on the USEF developing list, are her long-time students.

From 2009 to 2012, Anne was the USEF Technical Advisor and National 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.

In 1993 Anne spent a year on the European show circuit, competing in Dusseldorf, Schoten, Beek, Falsterbo and Aachen. In 1995 she was a member of the Pan American Silver Medal Team on Metallic, whom she schooled and showed to Grand Prix. Metallic, ridden by Robert Dover, was on the Atlanta Olympic Bronze Medal Team.

Mrs. Gribbons is a licensed USEF Senior judge and an FEI 5* Judge. She has officiated at numerous CDI’s in Europe including Aachen, Rotterdam, Compiegne, and at Olympic and PanAm trials in the United States. She has judged four World Cup Finals, four European Championships, and two World Equestrian Games. At Tryon World Equestrian Games in 2018, she was the head of the ground jury, and she was also a member of the World Championships in Denmark 2022.

In 2003, Anne served as Chef D’Equipe for US riders at the World Cup Finals in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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.

In 2018, she received the Walter B. Devereux Trophy for the USEF Sportsmanship award.

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

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ASSISTANT TRAINERS

MICHELLE SHERIDAN

Michelle began training at Knoll Dressage in 2009 while attending college at the University of Central Florida. From 2011-2012, she campaigned to earn a spot and competed on the 2012 Region 3 FEI Young Rider team at the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships (now the North American Youth Championships) in Kentucky on her horse, Rouxletto. Some of Michelle’s accomplishments include being named Region 3 Fourth Level Champion and Region 3 Prix St-Georges Reserve Champion in 2011 as well as Region 3 Intermediate I Champion in 2012. Since then, she has continued to develop and compete horses through the FEI levels on the Florida circuit under Anne’s guidance.

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RACHAEL COX

Rachael has been riding and competing dressage horses since she was very young, working with a USDF gold medalist in Colorado for ten years before moving to Florida to ride with Anne at Knoll Dressage in 2011. Since then, she has successfully trained horses and students across central Florida at all levels and has brought up numerous horses from Young Horse through the FEI. She has herself earned her USDF Silver Medal. Rachael has also helped multiple students achieve their USDF medals as well as judging licenses. She has a very thorough and patient attitude when she teaches and she tailors her training toward the goals of the rider without over-facing either the horse or the rider in their journey. Rachael is currently available to take on new students and horses in training.

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CORINE SMITH

Corine is a life long rider, started riding as a child and went through the pony club, achieving the “A” levels. Corine has been fortunate to experience many different disciplines, including eventing at the FEI junior/young rider level, before switching to Dressage. Corine enjoys the process of training horses from completely green and unstarted, to the FEI levels, and particularly enjoys riding stallions.  She was named the region 3 junior team coach, which won a gold medal at the 2018 NAJYRC, as well as coaching her junior student, Melanie Doughty, to a reserve national championship at Lamplight.

Corine began training with Anne in 2013, and is very pleased to have her training program based out of Knoll Dressage, where she works closely under Anne’s guidance.

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General Manager

David L. Gribbons

Barn: (407) 366-5545

Cell: (407) 267-6276