The Early Years with Bengt Ljungquist

Anne Gribbons

Anne began to seek out dressage training and competitions, but it was a very limited scene in the early 1970s in the United States . Anne discovered a fellow Swede, Col. Bengt Ljungquist, had moved to Maryland and was working out of Potomac Horse Center. She calls him a fascinating man who not only became her trainer, but also her mentor. The colonel had competed in six Olympics - two in dressage and the rest in fencing "He had all kinds of Olympic experience in two different sports. He really took me under his wing." She lived in the dorms and trained with him in Maryland .

Later on, when Col. Ljungquist moved to Linda Zang's Idlewilde Farm in Davidsonville , Maryland , Anne followed. She lived at the farm for weeks at a time and worked with the colonel. But she was not the only one; there was a whole group there who are now legendary names in American dressage - Kay Meredith, Sandy Howard, Hilda Gurney , Robert Dover , Linda Oliver, among others, and their hostess, Linda Zang. In 1974 Ljungquist became the coach of the USET Dressage squad. At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, which was held at Bromont in Canada , Anne was there to watch as Ljungquist coached the American team of Hilda Gurney, Dorothy Morkis, and Edith Master to a Bronze Medal.