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 what I feel are the best practices from the esteemed riders, managers, and trainers whom I admire and have had the opportunity to learn from. 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 can posses. 

I believe success is defined by the person trying to achieve it. Improved results are facilitated by development of strong fundamental skills and the drive to grow. 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.

 

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 :

  • Founding Blue Flag Equestrian LLC in 2018 :: Opened and operated a 20-stall training facility and partnered with New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program as a Trainer for their OTTBs. I and my team re-trained and paired 50+ OTTBs with adoptive partners from 2018-2020

  • Working as a professional Groom & Rider :: Caring for USEF and FEI competition horses under top level riders in Virginia, Florida, and Ohio

  • Graduation from Kentucky Equine Management Internship :: starting homebred yearlings under saddle, sales prep of breeding stock, daily care of weanlings, yearlings, and lay-ups at Pin Oak Stud in Versailles, Kentucky

  • USEA eventing competition results through Modified Level

    • Silver Rider Medals Novice and Training Levels 2015 with Shadowplay

    • Certificate of Horse and Rider Achievement 2013 with Shadowplay

    • Bronze Rider Medal Novice Level 2012​ with Ringwood O'dea

  • USDF Medal scores at 1st Level, working towards a Bronze Medal

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