Annalisa is first and foremost a lover of all things horse, but her passions don’t end there.
Her adventurous and explorative nature keeps her on her toes and ensures that as she
keeps moving, growing, and evolving throughout her life’s journey.
Annalisa has been riding and working with horses for the better part of 30 years, having dedicated her adult life to the training of horses and their riders in various disciplines. She spent 8 years training and performing with The South African Lipizzaners and has a particular interest in dressage, although her absolute love is working with young horses. After traveling to The Netherlands to work at a private dressage yard, she moved to Abu Dhabi where she trains horses and riders at a riding school exclusively for ladies. She waits in anticipation to see where her next adventure may lead her.
When she is not enjoying the sunshine at the stables, she likes to spend some of her free time outdoors experiencing nature in other forms. As a South African, a love of flora and fauna comes naturally. She studied Game Ranging but decided she was better suited to a life where she could get close enough to cuddle all the animals whom she loves so dearly without having to chase after them in a game-viewing vehicle.
When she is not wearing her favorite riding boots or hiking shoes, Annalisa can be found at a restaurant wearing her favorite heels watching the world pass by and having a good time with her friends. Having a curious nature, she loves to try out new spots and sample as many items as possible from both the food and cocktail menu.
Annalisa has an active mind and a vivid imagination and therefore her interests and hobbies are constantly evolving. She feels a need to try everything that piques her interest and her life motto is “let’s see what happens”. One day she is caught up watching Ancient Aliens and researching the universe, the next she is listening to new music (much louder than necessary, Gin & Tonic on hand) while working on her latest crochet project.
Feel free to check out some of her writing samples below.
Many riders are under the impression that you need a big fancy warmblood to perform dressage. This simply is not true. After all, dressage training’s main purpose is to develop a horse’s strength, suppleness, balance, and responsiveness to the rider’s aids, therefore displaying a harmonious partnership between a horse and his rider. Most classic draft…