December 9, 2009 -- The U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) announced December 8 that Anne Gribbons has entered into a contract with the USEF to serve as the USEF Dressage Technical Advisor though 2012.
The technical advisor role will include the coordination of all aspects of the USEF Dressage High Performance Coaching Program. Gribbons will oversee the training and preparation of U.S. riders and horses as they prepare for World Championship, Pan American Games and Olympic competition. She will advise the USEF Dressage High Performance Committee regarding the allocation of training grants and the selection of athletes for teams. Gribbons will monitor the form and soundness of perspective horses and the form and riding skills of candidate riders in order to identify areas for improvement.
Earlier this year, following a search for a replacement for USEF's former dressage coach Klaus Balkenhol, Gribbons was offered a dual position as USEF Dressage Chef d'Equipe and Technical Advisor. At the FEI General Assembly in November 2009, Gribbons was named to the FEI Dressage Committee for a term extending through 2013. In order to remove any potential conflicts of interest regarding her participation on the FEI Dressage Committee, it was agreed that the chef d'equipe position would be filled by the managing director of dressage.
The USEF will fill the role of dressage managing director/chef d'equipe in the near future.
"The USEF is very fortunate to have Anne working for us in the capacity of Technical Advisor," said James Wolf, USEF Executive Director of Sport Programs. "She is an outstanding horsewoman. Her experience as a rider, judge and coach make her uniquely suited for this position. I am certain that she will elevate the standards of our dressage program and be invaluable to the efforts of our dressage athletes as they prepare for, and compete in, international competition."
Gribbons said the U.S. team's immediate mission will be to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games, either at the 2010 World Equestrian Games or 2011 Pan American Games, with a long-range goal of medaling at the 2012 Olympics.