Via Equine as a business was born from a trip to Rome for Anna’s Birthday. A long lived dream for Anna to see it so her mum made it a surprise holiday for the two of them.
On a walking tour of Rome the tour guide stopped at a road named “VIA VENETO” which, according to the tour guide, in English translated to “the sweet life”. Anna adored this concept and the Via Equine developed from this moment.
Anna has been riding horses since she was 2 years old and, although was not fortunate enough to have the lifestyle to allow her compete ponies on a regional scale, she still had her pony and competed where she could get to or when a spare spot in a box appeared.
At 17, she bought a horse to be aptly named Via Veneto in the coming months and here her show-jumping competition life began. She was lucky enough to get the opportunity to produce some horses for a local producer and brought these upto National Grand Prix while also competing in the RDS, Horse Sport Ireland age classes etc.
The serious nature of education was important in the family so Anna undertook a Bachelor of Science Degree in Equine Science at the University of Limerick of which she graduated with a higher Honour’s Degree. During this time she still competed, taking trips home during the college week to ride out and train and spent weekends travelling the country to take part in competitions.
Once college was over, Anna concentrated on her show-jumping with placings in many competitions up to National grand prix however, a reoccurring lower back issue was beginning to play havoc so her attention turned to an interest she observed while competing: “Veterinary Physiotherapy”. It was a natural move for her to make and with an adoration for performance and improvement of performance in horses she began her study, qualifying with distinction.
Anna continues her learning in various related topics with the ultimate focus on developing a business that supports the wellbeing of the horse and beloved pets from the inside out while improving education of the owner and rider and in turn improving the performance and overall health of the animal.
“The industry never stops improving and therefore neither will we.”
In addition to physiotherapy, Via Equine continues to produce a number of sport horses with a promising breeding programme along with the enjoyment of sourcing equines for the competition industry but also those who will make fantastic leisure horses for country pursuits such as hunting or riding club activities especially with a focus on equines to proudly carry the prefix Via forward and into the future.