Anita Enander fell for Arabian horses as a child, devouring the Walter Farley Black Stallion books and visiting the Kellogg Ranch. Riding lessons began at age 5, and she showed several breeds in English and Western disciplines through her early college years, with an increasing emphasis on dressage. Putting aside her love of all things horse, she completed degrees at Santa Clara University (BA) and the University of San Francisco (MA). After ten years of increasing management responsibility, she founded her own management consulting company. She focused on cross-cultural communication and organizational development, with clients ranging from Silicon Valley start-ups to multi-national Fortune 50 companies.
In the early 1990s she blended her consulting career with motherhood, and worked part-time with natural horsemanship trainer Charles Wilhelm. She also returned to the dressage world, attending clinics with Major Miguel Tavora, Erik Hebermann, and Gil Merrick. She began looking for the ideal horse of her memory – an Arabian. She found her ideal in the “old” type of horse characterized by asil bloodlines. She acquired her first Arabian in 1996, adding others in the following years.
What had begun as a search for a riding horse soon developed into a serious commitment to conservation breeding. Anita foals out, trains, and rides all of her own horses, blending natural horsemanship concepts with the training progression found in classical Dressage. She was elected to the Board of Directors of Al Khamsa, Inc. and, in 2004, was one of the founders of the Institute for the Desert Arabian Horse. She has served as both Chair and Vice Chair of the Insitute. From 2011-2015 she was owner and CEO of Arabian Horse World. She and husband Michael make their home in Los Altos, California, (with occasional visits from daughter Erica).