Anne is no longer a trainer at Knoll Farm. We are proud to say she is the Chef d’Equipe/National Coach/Technical Advisor for the U.S. Dressage Team 2012.
Knoll Farm trainers Andrea Mercier, Laura Samuels Cohen, Pat Conlan and Doreen Byrne all trained under Anne for many years and follow in her training and teaching methods.
has been training and showing horses in the United States since
1972. She has trained and shown eleven of her horses, six of which
were USET long listed, to Grand Prix. A number of her students have
competed at the FEI levels and several have schooled and shown their
own horses to Grand Prix with her help.
Gribbons was a member of the USET squad at the North American Championships
in 1985 and the World Championships in 1986. She finished seventh
in the 1994 World Championship Trials on Leonardo II, who was also
invited to the World Cup League Finals and ended the year in fifth
place in the USET 1994 Grand Prix standings.
At Devon in
1994, she rode on the CanAm Gold Medal Team and In 1995 she was
a member of the Pan American Silver Medal Team on Metallic, whom
she schooled to Grand Prix. Metallic, under Robert Dover, was on
the Atlanta Bronze Olympic Team and was the 1998 U.S.D.F. Grand
Prix horse of the year.
was the North American Representative to the FEI World Cup Committee
1994-1997, is serving a third term on the AHSA Board of Directors,
is a member of the USET Dressage Committee and a member of the USET
National Advisory Board. She chairs the new Athletes Advisory Council
of the AHSA (all disciplines) is vice-chair of the AHSA Dressage
Committee and is the Chairman of the USET Active Competitors Committee.
is Federation Equestre International "O" Judge, a licensed
AHSA Senior judge and Sports Horse Breeding judge.
Anne and David
Gribbons still maintain a barn at Knoll Farm. They reside at Knoll
from May through November.
began her riding career competing in hunter/jumper and equitation
classes as well as lower level dressage as a junior. Later Andrea
received formal dressage training while residing at Verden Park,
a European horse import, breeding and training farm in Maryland.
There she was under the tutelage of Linda Schmergerlatt. Linda,
an Australian who was "long listed" along with her horse
Fenton in dressage for the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney.
also received daily training from Rainer Schmergerlatt. Rainer was
on the U.S. Grand Prix jumper scene for some time before moving
back to his homeland, Germany. Upon her return to Long Island, Andrea
began teaching hunter/jumpers and dressage. This included training
a variety of horses and taking students to shows which included
the Hampton Classic.
brought along several students that started as beginners and progressed
up to the big Eq. Andrea has been studying dressage with Anne Gribbons
of Andrea's recent accomplishments include:
a U.S.D.F. Silver Medal in 2004
and achieved Qualifying score at Grand Prix aboard Don Extra
at Intermediare for the Region 8 Championships.
her own horse Camelot along the levels, starting with him
at first level and competing at Pre St. Georges. As well
as Qualified and competed at the Region 8 Championships.
Andrea also trained Camelot from green and on to show in
the Hunter/Jumpers, with great success at AA shows.
6th individually at Equus 2003 Costa Rica. A CDI international
show jumping competition.
her Junior rider student Christina Halpin at training level
and brought her to achieve a U.S.D.F Silver Medal 2008.
has trained exclusively with Anne Gribbons since 1986.
Laura's accomplishments have been:
Kaz Roe started training with Laura as a Level 1 rider in October
05. Within one year under her instruction Kaz achieved her U.S.D.F
Bronze, Silver and Gold medals. Kaz was ranked #2 Adult Amateur
at Pre Saint George, and #12 at Intermediate 1 by the U.S.D.F.
graduated from Potomac Horse Center's HM Course with Honors.
Under direction of Anne Gribbons, training horses at Knoll Farm
for the past twenty years.
of AHSA, USDF, LIDCTA High Score Awards on own and client's horses.
USDF Bronze Medal. For eight years Pat coached two college teams
one of which won the regionals. She has coached several Pony Club
members - several going on the HA status - one student won the
combined training regionals.
several students through the Open Equitation and Hunter Division,
winning many championships. Additionally, she has judged over
one hundred shows. Pat is an AHSA "r" judge.
Colan riding and George Morris (standing at left) judging.
has been riding and competing since she was a young girl. She
and her first horse competed successfully in the hunters, equitation,
dressage and three-phase events.
a teenager Doreen discovered her true passion is dressage, and turned
her focus to training and competing in that arena. Doreen has qualified
several horses for the Region 8 Dressage Championships, from training
level through Third Level. She trained and competed Gourmet from
First level through Pre St. Georges. The pair earned a U.S.D.F Bronze
and Silver medals, and also qualified and competed at Devon at Fourth
Level and Pre St. Georges.
trained and competed Renoir from Training Level through Intermediare
I. Most recently they qualified for Region 8 2008 Championships
and Devon at Pre St. Georges.
has twice won the Adult Amateur Second Level Championship for Region
8, first with Gourmet in 1994 and later with Renoir in 2004. Doreen
has been training with Anne Gribbons for the last 5 years. Doreen
began teaching in 2005, and currently teaches all aspects of riding.
She enjoys working with aspiring dressage students of all levels,
and also with beginners to intermediate hunter/jumper and equitation
is a Nationally recognized rider and trainer. Laura’s unique talent
reaches from teaching beginner riders all the way to training advanced
riders through to National Finals.
compete in the “AAA” Shows and have qualified and ribboned in the
Zone II Finals in such divisions as Marshall and Sterling Hunter
and Jumper Finals, USEF Pony Finals, USEF Junior Hunter Finals,
The Medal, Maclay, USET, and PHA Finals. These students have also
gone on to Harrisburg and Washington under Laura’s tutelage. Proving
her success, in the last 8 years Laura has been the Zone II Trainer
of the Year three times!
In 2005, Laura
began expanding her business into importing and selling quality
sport horses. Her horses have been hugely successful on the show
circuits around the United States.
graduated from State University at Farmingdale with an associates
in the sciences. She began riding at a very young age and has owned
her own horses since age ten. She currently breeds warmbloods including
Dutch, Holstiener, and Oldenburgs.
last foal currently won three consecutive Grand Champion young horse
in show on Long Island recognized/rated shows. Training young horses
is her forte. She currently rides and trains her Dutch warmblood,
whom she bred, in several disciplines including dressage, but enjoys
showing in hunters and jumpers.
teaches Equitation, Hunters, Jumpers, and Dressage, with emphasis
being on balance and harmony in all disciplines.