Meet your Trainer
A Message from Anna :
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. I aim to provide learning and growth through sharing knowledge and building skills so you may reach your goals.
I look forward to meeting you and your horse!
My goal is to assist riders on their path to success by facilitating advancement of skills, understanding, and partnership with their horse. I strive to produce a happy and sound equine partner that enjoys their job and performs to their full potential.
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 teaching students of all ages and disciplines. 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 Trained
BA earned from The Ohio State University with a Minor in Equine Science
Kentucky Equine Management Internship; comprehensive educational experience in Thoroughbred Racing
Professional groom for FEI riders and horses from foals to 5-star competitors
Trainer for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program
Founded Blue Flag Equestrian, LLC in 2018 operating 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
With her own 2 horses, Anna is an active participant in Area II events. She continues to learn and grow through working with the many Eventing riders and trainers nearby, prominent influences include Emily Beshear, Valerie Pride, Jan Byyny, Will and Katie Coleman, and her ECP instructors Karen O'Connor and Mary D'Arcy.