Anne Gribbons Announced as US Chef d’Equipe

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Anne Gribbons, new US chef d'equipe. Photo: USEF Archives
Anne Gribbons, new US chef d'equipe. Photo: USEF Archives/PhelpsPhoto.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Aug. 13—The United States Equestrian Federation announced Thursday that pending successful contract negotiations, Anne Gribbons will be named U.S. Dressage Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor through 2012.

Gribbons will fill the role for dressage that Capt. Mark Phillips and George Morris fill for the Olympic disciplines of eventing and show jumping, respectively.

“The search and selection process to fill this role for the U.S. dressage program was exhaustive.” the USEF said in a news release.

“It began in November, 2008 when the high-performance dressage athletes met in Chicago seeking the successor to Klaus Balkenhol who had served as USEF Dressage Coach and Technical Advisor for the eight years ending in 2008.”

By recommendation of the High Performance Committee, USEF Chief Executive Officer John Long formed a search committee and named Chester Weber as its chairman.

“This search was conducted following the same process that was used to place George Morris in his current role for show jumping,” Weber said.

“This model ensures that the Eligible Athletes Committee, representing the interests of their peers, makes the choice about who they want to lead their sport into the future.

“The role of the Search Committee is to steward all of the parties through this process, and I am quite pleased that they have done this so successfully. I thank everyone on the Search Committee for their objectivity throughout the process and their commitment to achieving the best possible result.”

Eleven applicants met the qualifying criteria. The Search Committee narrowed the field to three candidates. Following interviews held in Denver, the Eligible Athletes Committee, chaired by Sue Blinks, recommended to the USEF High-Performance Dressage Committee that Anne Gribbons be offered the position. At a meeting of that committee on Aug. 10, the recommendation was approved.

“We are grateful to all those who put forth the time and energy to this important process,” Long said.

“The USEF looks forward to continue building a strong dressage program for the future, and we believe Anne Gribbons is the ideal person for this job.”