Anne Gribbons – The Judge
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Anne also has a career as a judge. She has been a National judge with USAE (formerly AHSA) for 25 years and an FEI judge since 1990. She says that while most riders don't like the judging box, she enjoys it because it is totally different from the other parts of her horsewoman's life. "I stop teaching. My job is to criticize and complain but in a positive way. Good judging is what keeps the sport going, when it is derived from honesty, thought and knowledge, you have to judge what you see."
American dressage judges are on the right track, according to Anne, who also pointed out that U.S. judges are the best educated in the world. "We have a designated path, clear steps to follow." That path includes an extensive program of seminars and tests that is now being emulated by the FEI. "I was privileged to run the National Judges Forum with Axel Steiner in 2002," said Anne. "We had 125 very motivated judges attend."
I have been lucky to have had the opportunity to judge at top shows in Europe on many occasions, which keeps you sharp and aware of the current 'state of the art'," adds Gribbons.
Anne recently officiated at, for instance, the 2004 World Cup Finals in Dusseldorf, the 2004 U.S. Olympic Selection Trials in California, the 2004 CDI-W 's Hertogenbosch, and the 2005 CDI Falsterbo and 2005 CDI Hagen.
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