Our staff is motivated and capable, continuously working and training at Knoll Dressage.
ANNE GRIBBONS – 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, 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 Championship USEF dressage teams.
From 2009 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 and showed 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, was a long time member of the USEF High Performance Dressage Committee and is member of the USET National Advisory Board. She is a past chair of the Athletes Advisory Council of the USDF, was 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. She has judged four World Cup Finals, Three European Championships and was the head of the ground jury at the Tryon World Equestrian Games in Tryon , NC 2018.
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.
TAMRA BROWN – Tamra 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. 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 to earning scores for USDF 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 to the right on her horse Rouxletto), was the Young Rider Intermediare I Champion at the Region 3 USDF Dressage Finals in 2012.
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 recently 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.
David L. Gribbons
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Working Student Position
Interested in a Career with Horses?
At the core of our staff are working students, girls and women of differing ages and experiences who are passionate about an equestrian career. They are responsible for the upkeep and care of all horses and barns. In return they are provided with a weekly stipend, riding lessons, housing, and the opportunity to work alongside and learn from some of the worlds top trainers, riders, and horses.
Their position includes but is not limited to:
On-site housing in fully furnished studio apartments
2 riding lessons per week on our schoolmasters
Opportunity for independent ride time
Use of a vehicle
The goal of this program is to educate and raise up the next generation of equestrians. No prior horse experience is required, as long as they are hardworking and dedicated to learning. They are required to live on site and stay for a minimum of 3 months, during which they learn about equine care, medical, showing, braiding, grooming, riding, the sport of dressage, feeding, barn care, and more.
If you are interested in our working student program, please contact our Barn Manager:
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