Maribel Alonso of Mexico Likely to be Nominated to Replace Anne Gribbons of USA on FEI Dressage Committee

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 Maribel Alonso de Quinzaños. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Maribel Alonso de Quinzaños. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Maribel Alonso de Quinzaños of Mexico, an International Equestrian Federation 5* judge, is likely to be nominated to succeed Anne Gribbons of the United States on the Dressage Committee of the governing body of global horse sports while Frank Kemperman is expected to be appointed to a second four-year term as chairman.

Frank, who is from the Netherlands, manages the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, the world’s premier horse show. He was appointed chairman of the policy-making Dressage Committee in 2009 after he headed up the Task Force that revamped the structure following the 2008 Olympic Games.

Maribel Alonso is leaving as vice chair of FEI Group V which includes Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puetto Rico and Venezuela, and her replacement will be voted on by the General Assembly.

Anne Gribbons, who is a FEI 5* judge and was coach of the United States dressage team for three years until late 2012, was among the first group of six members appointed to the committee.

According to sources within the FEI, Maribel will likely be voted on by the Dressage Committee and then the Nominations Committee before going to the FEI Bureau for a final decision when Anne’s tenure ends with the General Assembly.

In addition to judging and technical delegate at top shows around the world including major championships, Maribel has actively promoted development of dressage throughout the Americas including spearheading efforts to raise the level of competition at Pan American Games to qualify teams for the Olympics.

Other members of the Dressage Committee, in addition to Frank Kemperman, are Thomas Baur of Germany as vice chairman; David Hunt of Great Britain; Hans-Christian Matthiesen of Denmark and Kyra Kyrklund of Finland.

Frank Kemperman. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Frank Kemperman. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The Task Force determined there should not be more than one member from the same nation.

The position of chair is decided by the FEI General Assembly that is scheduled to meet in Montreux, Switzerland in November while the FEI Bureau will decide on Anne Gribbons’ replacement.