Events

Eventing Clinic with Larisa Quirk. TBD.

Larisa Quirk is an exciting, upcoming young professional with 19 years of extensive experience with horses.  Not only has she trained and competed in eventing, dressage, hunters, jumpers, and equitation, she also fox hunts, rides side saddle and bare back, as well as bridle less.  Her compassion for the horse led her to volunteer at Days End Farm Horse Rescue, where she earned a position as a volunteer trainer, and a rider on their drill team for exhibitions.  There she rescued a thoroughbred mare, whom she retrained and showed at preliminary level eventing, second level dressage, and bridle less jumping exhibitions.  Larisa also worked for Damascus Equine Associates and Gil Porter Cutting Horses. 

To further her knowledge, she now serves as an assistant trainer to Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel.  Under her tutelage she has become a beautiful and effective rider with a much deeper understanding for horse and rider bio mechanics, and how it effects the horse in all disciplines.  She has become an eloquent teacher with a great ability to connect with both student and horse.  Her passion is to combine her experience of working over poles, jumps, and on hills, together with dressage work to help the eventing community and all riders alike. Riding fee is $110 – $120 depending on the number of riders. “To be a pretty rider, you must first be pretty effective!”. Auditors are most welcome for a small fee. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Dressage Clinic with Karen Ramsing-Bixler. TBD.

In the past, Karen has helped me with three challenging and very different horses.  Her warm, respectful and positive personality will put you and your horse instantly at ease making space for positive progress.  Karen is a highly effective communicator and creative problem solver who loves working with riders and horses at all levels.  You may ride inside or out, whichever you prefer.  Riding fee is $115.00 and the auditing fee is $10.00. Snacks and drinks are provided.

Dressage Clinic with Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel. TBD.

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. Rider fee is $213 and auditors are most welcome. Fee is $20. Snacks are drinks will be provided for all!

Felicitas riding Pucci. Photo by Larisa Rose

Long Line Clinic with Richard Malmgren. TBD.

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.

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.

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