She said: “They all do such a good job, no one works in isolation, we all work as a team.
"Everyone has their strengths and we can all communicate swiftly while riders are out there on the cross-country course.”
The fairness of the competition is hugely important to everyone involved. It’s part of the officials’ job to ensure the sport is run safely and fairly.
Anne said: “This is very important, everyone should compete on a level playing field. FEI competitions are fair for everyone, the way events are organised, for example, sticking to times given in all three phases.”
Anne is passionate about horse welfare, dangerous riding, abuse of horses or tired horses.
She said: “From the rider’s point of view, they can get caught up in the heat of the moment, they want to do well and be competitive.”
Anne qualified as an FEI judge at a three-day course at Luhmuhlen CIC three star, eight years ago. The course leaders were Badminton director Hugh Thomas, course designer Giuseppe della Chiesa and senior FEI Dressage and Eventing judge, Christophe Hess.
The courses are subsidised by national governing bodies, in Anne’s case, British Eventing.
Anne said: “There were about 40 of us; candidates were new people like me and more senior, experienced officials who were updating their skills.
"It was a good mix and I learnt so much from everyone on the course. We have to know the rules inside, out.”
New challenges are something Anne is always keen to take on; updating her knowledge with like-minded people is part of the appeal of becoming an official.
“During part of the course you have to judge a Dressage test out loud on the microphone to the group," she said. "It is compared to the master judge, in this case, Christophe and if you are more than one mark out you discuss it.
"We discuss a variety of cross country video clips and on cross country day be out on the course win the same groups learning from how the riders tackled the fences.”
Every three years, all officials undertake a refresher course, to maintain their qualification. Anne attended a course at Hartpury College where it was suggested she should apply as a three and four-star eventing judge. Anne passed the next course and is now gaining experience, shadowing judges and on ground juries.
In her role as an FEI judge, Anne has been privileged enough to travel to some impressive locations.
“When we went to Houghton Horse Trials we had a guided tour around the Royal Stud, by the stud manager at nearby Sandringham," she said.
"We are volunteers who do not get paid, but we are looked after well. I love the social aspect; the hospitality is amazing.
“I also enjoy the trot up, the tradition, the effort, the protocol. Horses and riders look their best. You see horses from the start and get to know them and their riders over the three or four days and follow their progress. Not just in that competition, but up the levels.
"It is nice to be involved, working in a team. Always learning and reflecting, you have to have a calm disposition.”