Denmark’s Morten Thomsen Coaches US Top Riders
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WELLINGTON, Florida, Dec. 17–Danish Olympian and trainer Morten Thomsen, who had applied for the post of U.S. national dressage coach, is in the United States coaching the elite riders on the East and West Coasts.
Anne Gribbons, the newly appointed U.S. Equestrian Federation technical advisor responsible for coordinating coaching of the high performance squads, accompanied Thomsen on training sessions in Wellington, Florida.
Among the combinations working with Thomsen were Tina Konyot and the 11-year-old Danish warmblood stallion Calecto V, on whom she won the Dressage at Devon World Cup qualifier in September, George Williams and Don Bailey, Chris Hickey and Douglas Hilltop, Todd Fletrich and others.
Sessions were held at different barns throughout Wellington, but heavy rain forced them indoors.
Two Swans Farm, owned by Carol Cohen, was used on Thursday and scheduled for Friday.
Thomsen will fly to California Friday night to continue coaching.