Life in Florida

Anna Marek - Dressage Rider/Trainer

Anna Marek and Cinderella
Anna Marek and Cinderella

Anna rides and trains nine horses out of Top Brass Farm owned by A.J. Stapleton in Williston, FL. The 9-stall barn has five paddocks for ample turnout where the training and sale horses are kept. Stapleton has owned horses with Belinda since the 1980s. Stapleton is impressed with Anna’s drive, commitment and positive energy: “You don’t have to push her, she pushes everyone else!” Belinda oversees the riding so it's a pretty relaxed atmosphere. Most are young horses that Belinda imports for sale, a few 3- and 4-year olds and several 7- and 8-year olds. They are all Dutch horses except Fidelio (Fi), a 10-year old Westphalian, owned by Christy Bellopatrick.

One in particular, a coming 4-year old named Cinderella, a KWPN mare (Florencio x Havel) that Anna prepared for her first keuring in Florida September 2010 at Dr. Sandy Lieb’s Pennock Point Sporthorse Center. Owned by Stapleton, the flashy mare passed with flying colors, scoring 77.5 on her IBOP and followed it up with same score tied for first in the 3-year old DG Bar Cup class. Anna enjoys showing the chestnut with four socks whose temperament she describes as confidant with an ego but very good-natured.

 

Anna Marek and Fidelio
Anna Marek and Fidelio

Another partner, Anna calls Fidelio as a really fun horse that had some issues about the show ring when he first came. His owner Christy’s dream was to someday ride PSG but Fi had developed a reputation for his centerline antics.

 

“Fixing older horses is different than teaching young horses.” He had problems with his changes and getting behind the leg. With specific exercises from Nairn, Anna figured him out to be tricky, not naughty.
“We just kept on showing him and he got better. Once he understood, he came along very quickly winning (with Anna) at PSG last year and then I-1 with scores in the mid to high 60's.” When his amateur owner could also ride him into the ring, well-behaved and happy, showing PSG this summer, Anna was thrilled. She plans on continuing the I-1 this winter with him in FL and see how things go.

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