Anne Morrison

Trainer/Instructor

 

Anne grew up in Bedford, Virginia, where she was an active member of 4-H and the United States Pony Club.  Throughout high school, she regularly showed her pony Meadow Creek's Orion with great success in the Large Pony Hunter division on the South Western Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association circuit, as well as a few 'A' shows.  Together Anne and "Alvin" rode to numerous division and year-end championships, including the title of 2003 SWVHJA Pony Medal Finals Champion.  During this time she also began assisting her trainer, Vicki Byrd, with beginner riding lessons and horse training.  Additionally, Anne attained her 'H' Pony Club rating, the highest certification of horsemanship offered by USPC. 

 

During her college career at James Madison University, Anne had the opportunity to ride with many great horse people, including Sarah Irvine, Emily Guyer and Diane Hinch, Maureen Waldron of Mill Creek Farm, breeder Betty Stickley, and Jason Berry of Jason Berry Stables.  This enhanced her education outside of the show ring by allowing her to ride and train quality young horses for showing and lessons under the watchful eye of experienced mentors.  Anne developed an eye for detail and gained a deeper understanding of riding and training techniques and methodology.  Anne prepared young horses for their first show, reschooled problem horses, and assisted in the busy atmosphere of horse shows, always with an emphasis on getting the maximum amount of athletic ability out of performance horses.  Anne completed her stay at JMU in 2009, graduating with honors and distinction. 

 

Today, Anne lives in Woodstock with her husband, Jeff Morrison.  She teaches many lessons every week, working with a variety of horses and riders, from beginners to horse show participants, gaited trail horses to jumpers.  She works to continue her own education by attending clinics and lessons regularly, both as a participant and an observer.  Her positive, encouraging teaching style fosters confidence and growth in horses and riders alike.