Aspire Farm Welcomes Annie Morris as Assistant Trainer
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Walpole, MA - Dave Thind of Aspire Farm in Walpole, MA is pleased to announce the upcoming arrival of Annie Morris as the farm’s new Manager and Assistant Trainer. Annie is an American Grand Prix rider, currently living and training in Germany. Her arrival at Aspire Farm in late November means that the farm is now able to accept new clients and sale horses for the 2016-2017 winter season and beyond. Both trainers will be spending the winter in MA.
“I met Annie at a clinic about 4 years ago and was immediately impressed with her skill as a trainer and student of dressage. Some of the qualities that impressed me most were her quiet but effective seat, a clear and systematic approach and training according to the training scale. It was no surprise to learn later that she has studied with many great trainers”, stated Aspire Farm’s Head Trainer and owner Dave Thind.
Apart from her natural talent as a rider and obvious love for horses, her previous job experiences showcase outstanding practical experience. Originally from Arizona, Annie relocated to New England in 2007 when she became a working student for Lendon Gray in Bedford, NY where she moved up the ranks to Barn Manager and Assistant Trainer. Annie credits that experience for honing her skills while riding a variety of horses under Lendon Gray’s watchful eye. In 2010, Annie became the Assistant Trainer to another top Trainer - Beth Baumert of Cloverlea Farm in Columbia, CT where she remained there for five years including winter seasons in Florida.
In May, 2016, Annie Morris moved to Börnsen, GER where she trained at Hof Börnsen with Judy Allmeling and Sven Dapper. As a life long student of dressage, the purpose of her trip was to further expand her knowledge of riding and training by immersing herself in Germany’s long held dressage tradition.
“When two people have worked together for a long time, they know what one another is thinking. After nearly six years of teaching Annie, that was certainly the case”, commented Beth Baumert. “She represents, quite completely, how I think horses should be trained. I'll definitely miss Annie's incredible management skills and her thoughtful riding at Cloverlea, but bigger opportunities await her. The outskirts of Boston will certainly become more enriched because of Annie's presence at Aspire Farm. I wish her and all her future students and horses the very best!”, continued Baumert.
At Aspire Farm, Annie will be participating in teaching, training, showing and sales. She believes that dressage is an art form and that true harmony with the horse can only be achieved through kindness and understanding. “I am honored to have the opportunity to work for and study under Dave Thind,” says Morris. “The outstanding quality of training and care of the horses at Aspire Farm is not something you see often and Dave treats each horse and rider as unique athletes, drawing on a huge base of knowledge in order to help each combination be the best they can be. I feel very lucky to have found such a great teacher and mentor and I’m very excited to be part of the Aspire Farm team”, stated Morris.
More about Annie Morris:
Annie Morris is a USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist. She is a United States Dressage Federation Certified Instructor and Trainer through FEI level, the highest level offered and a member of the faculty for the USDF Instructor/Trainer program. She has trained and competed a variety of horses at all levels through Grand Prix. Apart from her training with Lendon Gray and Beth Baumert, she has ridden with pillars of the sport including Stephen Clarke, Ingrid Klimke, Courtney King-Dye, Axel Steiner, Charlotte Bredahl, Kathy Connelly and many more. Annie is also a contributing writer and photographer for Dressage Today and has appeared in many articles.
More about Dave Thind:
Dave Thind is certified by the German Equestrian Federation as a ‘Trainer A’, the highest of three levels. He has trained and shown horses up to the Grand Prix level of dressage and show-jumping. His students have been successful up to international levels in both dressage and jumping as well. Many are successful trainers in their own right. As a popular clinician, Dave works with riders of various disciplines who seek heightened communication and performance, based on the German training system and an advanced knowledge of biomechanics. In addition, his expertise in the Feldenkrais method allows him to help change movement patterns in horses and riders. Dave has taught theory-based courses in riding and riding-related biomechanics at educational institutions such as the Westphalishe Reit und Fahr Schule (GER), UMB Agricultural University (NOR), and Tveit Agricultural College (NOR) and has been a featured presenter on the subjects of equine and human biomechanics at the Equine Affaire in West Springfield, MA.
More about Aspire Farm:
Easily accessible from Boston and Providence and surrounding areas, Aspire Farm is a world class training center in Walpole, MA. The facility is proud to offer 29 stalls, a large indoor arena with premium GGT footing, a walking track, access to trails, and a variety of turnout options. The farm provides a positive, peaceful setting in order for horses and riders to excel. In a studious yet fun atmosphere, riders pursue deeper knowledge of the art and science of dressage. The quest for harmonious partnerships continues both inside and outside the arena in order to bring out the very best in each team. The farm offers onsite Pilates with Karen Leopardi (certified “Pilates for Dressage” trainer) and acupuncture with Anne Murphy, MS (treating humans, dogs and horses).
Please visit www.aspirefarm.com for additional details.
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