Dressage Clinic with Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel, May 20 and 21

Felicitas riding Pucci. Photo by Larisa Rose

Felicitas has lived in the U.S. for 38 years working out of First Choice Farm in Maryland as an international dressage trainer and competitor. Encouraged by her mentor and employer Gene Freeze, she returned to Germany and completed her Master’s degree as an instructor (Reitlehrer FN).  She was first in the class with the highest scores awarded up to that point.  Felicitas has trained numerous horses to Grand Prix. With Tonico do Top, a Lusitano stallion, she has won the BLM Grand Prix Championship 4 years in the row, 2012-2015 and the BLM Grand Prix Freestyle Championship for three years. They won the 2014 and 2015 Regional Grand Prix Freestyle Championship. She has won many championships on horses of different breeds.  One of the most frequent compliments to her are the obvious improvement of the horse’s movement and development of their top line as they move up through the levels. She is also recognized as a rider with a beautiful position, as seen on the cover of the book “Rider & Horse Back To Back” and throughout many of the pages inside. Felicitas has been a frequent contributor to “Dressage Today” and “Dressage Today Online”.  In the early years of the USDF instructors’ program, she was one of the examiners until her schedule became too busy.  Felicitas is an effective and articulate clinician, whose style is sympathetic to horse and rider.  Her strength lies in making the horse more beautiful and allowing them to express themselves. She is sympathetic to the horse, and each is trained according to their individual needs and temperament following classical dressage principles. Felicitas patiently encourages the horse to stretch into a soft hand, lift his back and carry his own neck, as if peering over the edge of a cliff. She bases her work on classical methods as exemplified by the best of the European tradition. Typically, participants and auditors alike benefit immensely from the creative and subtle strategies Felicitas shares with them. All leave with a better understanding of how to enhance the flow of their horse’s energy from back to front, and front to back again. 

Riders must present a negative Coggins within 12 months and proof of EHV-1 vaccination within 6 months. Felicitas’s fee is $200.00/ride payable directly to Felicitas von Newmann-Cosel by cash or check. There is an additional fee of approximately $15.00/ride payable to Blue Waters Farm to help pay for Felicitas’s hotel and travel expenses. Auditors are most welcome for a fee of $20.00/day or $35.00/both days. Auditing spots are limited so please email your interest. Rider’s may bring a groom at no charge. Submit proof of Coggins, EHV-1 vaccination, your entry and waiver by email to This clinic is filling quickly, so please enter soon!

Here is the final schedule. I tried my best to accommodate everyone’s travel needs. Of course the weather has gone from the 60s to the 90s overnight! We are doing our best to keep everyone comfortable. We have fans in the stalls, on the aisleway, in the tack room and in the auditor area. I am providing lots of cold drinks and ice pops along with sweet and salty snacks for all participants and auditors. Please plan for the hot temperatures accordingly. Let’s think good thoughts that the weather will turn cooler and we continue to get rain this week. Remember to bring chairs for outdoor viewing along with sunglasses, sun screen and a lunch if you are staying all day. Auditors, please print out a waiver and bring a completed copy with you. See you soon!

Long Rein Clinic with Richard Malmgren, July 2022

Regular long rein sessions with Richard Malmgren have become a valuable component of our training program.  In Richard’s skillful hands and without the influence of a rider, the horse can better understand their body, improve their posture and release tension allowing better circulation of the energy generated by their hind legs.  This work benefits horses of all levels and across disciplines. Click here to read an excellent article by Dr. Thomas Ritter.

A native of Sweden, Richard has been riding since age seven. In 1996 Richard relocated to the United States to work with Scott Hassler at Hilltop Farm Inc. During his tenure he learned all aspects of their acclaimed breeding, training, teaching and sales operations. He was promoted to Sales Manager and earned a B.A. from U.D. in Business Administration. In 2007, Richard moved with the Hasslers to help launch Riveredge, a world class training center in Chesapeake City, Maryland. Throughout his career, Richard has trained extensively with world renowned long rein expert Bo Jena of Sweden.  In 2011 he married Jessica Jo Tate, an International Grand Prix Dressage rider. In 2013, Richard launched his own training business focused on long reining clinics, sport horse marketing and photography. Richard and J.J. are based in Landrum, South Carolina and Wellington, Florida. Richard’s fee is $125.00 with an additional $20.00 ring fee. Auditors are free. You must present a negative Coggins within 12 months and proof of EHV-1 vaccination within 6 months.

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