German Grand Prix dressage rider Markus Gribbe has joined the Pidgley's 'Team Berkeley' at Windsor, Great Britain, to assist Sarah Pidgley and Damian Hallam with the training of their world class dressage horses.
The 43-year old Gribbe will be coaching Sarah Pidgley and Damian Hallam at home and at national and international dressage shows. He will also handle the training of the FEI level horses as well as the young dressage horses.
"We are thrilled to have Markus onboard. His experience as a trainer of talented dressage horses as well as being a great coach is exactly what Team Berkeley needs. He will be of great support to us, bringing extra ambition and renewed enthusiasm to our stable," Sarah Pidgley said.
Gribbe is a successful international dressage rider. Aboard Wild Rose he won the German Young Horse Championships and he competed her up to Grand Prix level. He won three Nations Cups for Germany with the stallion Plaisir d' Amour and trained the German Bavarian disabled riding team for eight years. For the last five years, Gribbe was employed at Dr. Bechtolsheimer's yard in Ampney St. Peter (U.K.), where he brought Laura Bechtolsheimer up to the 2006 World Equestrian Games.
Gribbe will be joined by his wife Sylvia and daughter Joya at Tony and Sarah Pidgley's Kilbees Farm Stud in Windsor, Berkshire, Great Britain.
For more info about Team Berkeley and Kilbees Farm Stud visit: www.kilbeesfarmstud.co.uk
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