Meet The Trainer
Anna Connor, Owner and Trainer at Blue Flag is an accomplished equestrian professional with extensive experience in horse care, training, and competition. She works with all levels of riders and horses in the English disciplines with a focus on eventing. She is eager to grow her lesson and training programs, and take on talented equine partners with promise for the future.
Anna has a genuine commitment to each of her students' and horses' progress, tailoring programs to each individual. She takes a holistic approach to horse care, managing the wellness of the whole horse to give them every opportinity to perform at their best. Her explanation of aids and movement gives riders a better understanding of their influence on the horse and facilitates strong, sympathetic partnerships. Anna truly enjoys the process of connecting with each horse to form a trusting bond.
With the goal of competing at international levels, Anna is bringing along two horses of her own. She thrives when working with young, green horses and OTTBs, and is available to take on client owned competition horses. She is an avid competitor in USEA horse trials, earning USEA Eventing Silver Medals at Novice and Training levels, and 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 went above and beyond in the program by completing two additional Independent Studies focused on training and developing young horses. She also rode and competed on the IHSA Hunt Seat Team at OSU, and assisted with the annual Buckeye Bonanza Horse Sale.
She then gained valuable experience in Thoroughbred racing and graduated from the Kentucky Equine Management Internship through Pin Oak Stud, where she started homebred yearlings under saddle. In addition to daily care of high quality racehorses, she participated in 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 Eventing Team members. Over the years she honed the skills needed to create a program of her own. When Blue Flag Equestrian began, Anna operated a 20-stall boarding and training facility housing OTTBs for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program in addition to privately owned boarders. There she restarted and placed over 50 OTTBs in adoptive homes in just two years. Turning her focus toward providing training and lessons, Anna travels throughout the area to work with clients and their horses.