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 riders and their horses to produce successful partnerships. 

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Each equestrian's program has something different to offer and I am pleased to bring my acquired knowledge and skill into a program of my own. Blue Flag Equestrian LLC was born from my desire to help riders and horse owners reach their goals, and to enhance quality of life for each horse I have the opportunity to know. Through the years, I have compiled the best practices from the esteemed riders, managers, and trainers whom I admire and have had the opportunity to learn. I continue to strive for better information, more knowledge, and new ways of considering things in order to create the most well-rounded approach. 

I believe success is defined by the person trying to achieve it. Each horse and rider I work with is regarded as an individual, and training and coaching is customized to fit their specific goals and abilities. My goal is to assist each individual on their path to success. Whether your skills will be utilized in competition, your home arena, the hunt field, or on the trails, improvement can be facilitated through lessons and training.

 

In my riding and training, I practice holistic horse care, that is, considering the well being of the whole horse in order to produce a happy and sound partner. I work closely with my veterinarians, farrier, chiropractor and bodywork providers to maintain the health and wellness of each horse. Whether a competitive partner or beloved pet, our horses deserve to be treated with sympathy and respect. 

My equestrian experience spans more than 20 years and includes :

  • 2018 Founded Blue Flag Equestrian, LLC

  • 2018-2020 Trainer for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program OTTBs

    • Re-trained and paired 50+ OTTBs with adoptive partners 

  • 2011-2016 Professional Groom & Rider to top level Eventing riders in Virginia, Florida, and Ohio

  • 2010 Kentucky Equine Management Internship

    • Pin Oak Stud in Versailles, Kentucky, privately owned Thoroughbred breeding and racing farm; starting homebred yearlings under saddle, sales prep of breeding stock, daily care of weanlings, yearlings, and lay-ups

  • 2010 Graduation from The Ohio State University, Bachelors of Art with Minor in Equine Studies

  • 2006-2008 The Ohio State University IHSA Hunt Seat Team

  • USEA eventing competition results through Modified Level with self-trained horses

    • USEA Bronze and Silver Rider Medals through Training Level 

  • USDF Bronze Medal scores at 1st Level

  • Students competing successfully in USEA eventing from Beginner Novice through Training Levels

  • Candidate Instructor USEA Instructor Certification Program 2022

 

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