Anne Warner Dressage

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Anne grew up in the Midwest riding school horses with hunter/jumper trainers who emphasized the importance of a solid foundation in flatwork. After taking several years off from riding during graduate school at UCSC, Anne found her way back to horses and took up dressage when she met her now-retired unicorn, Bogey.

For the past five years, Anne has trained at American Sporthorse, primarily with Joanie Bolton. She has also ridden regularly with Anne Howard and Tracey Lert. Clinicians who have had a strong impact on Anne’s riding and teaching include Gerrit-Claes Bierenbroodspot, Mary Wanless, and Olivia LaGoy-Weltz.

While at American Sporthorse, Anne has acquired a rich education in the biomechanics of both horse and rider. She has developed an eye for rider asymmetries and has a variety of tools to help riders work toward straightness and balance. She is very positive and encouraging in her teaching and strives to be able to tell riders how to improve something when it’s not right, not simply to tell them that it’s wrong. She has experience with green, young, and tricky horses, and she enjoys the process of working through a training issue in a way that builds confidence for the horse. Anne finds long lining to be an invaluable tool for presenting questions in a different way to the horse and providing an accompaniment to riding.

The comfort of the horse and effective communication between horse and rider are prioritized, as the focusing is on correct fundamentals, not using training gimmicks or other shortcuts. Anne also strongly believes in the importance of having a unified team (including vet, farrier, bodyworker, saddle fitter, trainer, and rider) supporting each horse. Anne is a clear, tactful, and team-oriented communicator with experience managing horses through rehabilitation, as well as day-to-day performance needs.

Anne has experience showing a variety of horses, both her personal horse and client horses, through the lower levels of dressage. She looks forward to continuing her own riding and showing education on leased and client horses and hopes to soon have her own horse that she can bring up the levels. Anne enjoys working with both hunter/jumper students who want to improve their flatwork and body position as well as dressage riders who want to learn how correct biomechanics can positively influence their horses’ comfort and performance. She is excited to expand her teaching and training program and looks forward to working with students of all ages and abilities.

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