Meet your Trainer
Anna Connor is an accomplished equestrian professional with extensive experience in horse care, training, and competition. With a focus on Eventing and knowledge across disciplines, she works with all levels of riders and horses to produce successful partnerships. Anna is accepting new clients in her lesson and training programs, and is available to take on client owned horses as competition partners.
Anna believes success in riding stems from strong partnership between horse and rider, and enjoys the process of connecting with each horse to form a trusting bond and unlock their potential. She takes a holistic approach to horse care, managing the wellness of the whole horse for optimal performance, and tailoring programs to each individual's abilities. Her explanation of aids and movement gives riders a better understanding of their influence on the horse and facilitates strong, sympathetic partnerships. She has had great success restarting OTTBs and pairing them with new partners through New Vocations Racehorse Adoption, placing over 50 horses in just 2 years.
With the goal of competing at international levels, Anna is bringing along two horses of her own and is available to take on client owned horses for competition. She thrives when working with young, green horses and OTTBs, and is always on the lookout for promising prospects. She is an avid competitor in USEA horse trials, and is working toward a USDF Bronze Medal. A vested interest in furthering her skills and education leads Anna to participate in clinics, lessons and professional development opportunities to progress in riding and teaching, and to stay current with industry standards.
Anna is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a minor in Equine Studies where she completed additional Independent Studies focused on training and developing young horses. She also rode and competed on the IHSA Hunt Seat Team at OSU, and developed and presented horses for the annual Buckeye Bonanza Horse Sale.
Her valuable experience in Thoroughbred racing was earned through the Kentucky Equine Management Internship and Pin Oak Stud in Versailles, Kentucky, where she started homebred yearlings under saddle and handled high quality racehorses. She presented horses for the prestigious Keeneland sales, shadowed industry professionals, and was involved with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club.
Upon leaving Lexington, she continued towards her eventing goals as a working student, groom, and rider for upper level eventing professionals including USA Olympic Eventing Team members. Over the years she honed the skills needed to create a program of her own.
When she opened Blue Flag Equestrian, Anna operated a 20-stall boarding and training facility, and worked in partnership with New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program in addition to serving private boarders. Turning her focus toward riding and providing training and lessons, Anna now travels throughout the area to work with clients and their horses.