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aboutAnna

Blue Flag Equestrian LLC was born from my desire to enhance the quality of life for each horse I have the opportunity to know.  My goal is to assist riders on their path to success by facilitating advancement of skills, understanding, and improved equine partnership. I strive to produce happy and sound horses that enjoy their job and perform to their full potential. 

Meet your Trainer
About Anna

Anna's equestrian experience spans more than twenty years and includes successful instruction, training, riding and grooming.  She enjoys bringing along young, green horses and OTTBs from starting under saddle to recognized competition, and helping students reach their goals. Many of her students are competing successfully from Starter through Training Level eventing, while others are enjoying improved relationship with their horse and utilizing their skills in non-competitive endeavors. Her patient and intuitive approach allows each horse and rider to work at their own pace, and she is passionate about understanding and working with the horses to bring out their full potential.  She is a Certified Eventing Coach through the US Eventing Association, ensuring she is aligned with industry standards for horse and rider development, and benefitted from the guidance of esteemed coaches and riders Mary D'Arcy and Karen O'Connor overseeing her ECP instructor workshops. She earned her Bachelors degree from The Ohio State University with a Minor in Equine Science, and went on to complete the Kentucky Equine Management Internship gaining a comprehensive educational experience in Thoroughbred Racing. ​ Her early years as a professional were focused on grooming for FEI riders, caring for each horse from foals to 5-star competitors with the highest quality of care and attention to detail. She rose through the ranks to Head Groom for a nearby 4-star rider, then continued on as a groom for Team USA rider Will Coleman. Her time in the barn, on the road, and ringside offered opportunities to learn from respected professionals in eventing, dressage, and show jumping. Along the way she has honed skills from each experience that contribute to her program today. ​ Blue Flag Equestrian, LLC was founded in 2018, and operated as a training and boarding facility at the heart of USEA Area 8. She partnered with New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program taking in their OTTBs for training and adoption, and placing more than 50 OTTBs with adoptive partners from 2018-2020. Horses arrived at BFE directly from their racing trainers, sometimes shortly after their last race, to begin acclimating to off-track life and new disciplines. Anna began freelancing in 2020, and relocated to Washington DC in 2022. Since relocating to Area II, she continues to learn and grow through opportinities to work with the many 5-star Eventing riders and trainers nearby, including Valerie Pride, Jan Byyny, and Emily Beshear.  With her own 2 horses, Anna is an active participant in Area II events.

Anna is a Certified Eventing Coach through the US Eventing Association, ensuring she is aligned with industry standards for horse and rider development. As such, she has received recommendation from experienced eventing professionals and her own competing students, in addition to completing the rigorous training process.

  • CPR & First Aid Certified

  • Fully insured & Background Checked

  • USEF Safe Sport Certified

 

Education:

  • The Ohio State University BA, minor in Equine Science

  • Kentucky Equine Management Internship, Thoroughbred Racing; grooming, starting, track training, evaluation, industry best practices

Professional:

  • FEI groom from foals to 5-star competitors

  • OTTB Trainer, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

  • Blue Flag Equestrian, LLC founded in 2018 opening a boarding and training facility in the heart of USEA Area 8

  • Successful students and self-made horses for competition and pleasure

  • USEA ECP Certified

Anna is an active member of USEF, USEA and USDF.

She values continued education to improve her own skills. Prominent influences include Emily Beshear, Valerie Pride, Jan Byyny, Will and Katie Coleman, and her ECP instructors Karen O'Connor and Mary D'Arcy.

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