About Anita

“Look for the best role models – those who are truly trained in the natural way of riding and who educate in accordance with these tried and true rules. Love the horse and try to understand his nature so that he can trust you. Be happy about little progresses in yourself and in your horse; then you will achieve great things playfully.”

E. von Neindorff


I believe that the classical principles of horsemanship provide the means to discover the joy of your potential as a rider. I hold a Level III certification in dressage from the American Riding Instructors’ Association and have over 30 years of experience teaching students of all ages and abilities.

My life-long love of horses has blessed me with the opportunity to pursue a vocation of teaching others to ride and to share my passion. I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Equine Studies and Equestrian Education from Park University in 1980, and pursued advanced studies in classical dressage at the Reitinstitut Egon von Neindorff in Karlsruhe, Germany completed in 1982.

Riding is an ongoing, dynamic journey. Long established theories undergo a continual development, and I have explored those theories with numerous mentors such as Karl Mikolka, Grant Schneidman, Kim Walnes. My teaching has been greatly influenced by my competition in combined training and dressage and by the work of Sally Swift with Centered Riding© and Peggy Cummings with Connected Riding©.

I believe that the purpose of our lives is to love and be loved. A rider’s initial attraction to horses, even if it evolves into a life-long pursuit of knowledge, is not an end in and of itself. Our relationships with the horses in our lives are meant to inform and transform our relationships with those around us as we aspire always to will the good of others.

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