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Trainer Spotlight

Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel, Dressage Training

Felicitas has lived in the United States for 30 years now, working as an international dressage trainer and competitor. She is based out of First Choice Farm in Woodbine, MD. 
  Since arriving from Germany in 1984, Felicitas has trained numerous horses to Grand Prix level including the famous stallion Tonico do Top.  At Grand Prix level, Felicitas is able to ride her horses in a snaffle bridle in and out of the competition arena which is a testament to her principles and training approach. 

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Felicitas & Aragon GAF
Felicitas and Aragon GAF

Felicitas is an effective and articulate trainer,  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 his 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. Riders and auditors benefit immensely from the creative and effective strategies Felicitas shares with them. 
  Encouraged by her mentor and employer, Gene Freeze, Felicitas returned to her native Germany where she completed her “Reitlehrer” (federally certified instructor) certification. She graduated with the highest score ever awarded up to that time.  
  Felicitas served as a USDF examiner for the Instructor’s Certification Program here in the United States during her early years as well as editing Reiner Klimke’s book Ahlerich: The Making of a Dressage Champion. 
  She is a frequent contributor to platforms such as Dressage Today, Practical Horseman and Dressage Today OnDemand with articles and videos discussing hill work for dressage horses, positive tension and self carriage. 
  We are pleased to announce that Felicitas is a presenter at our Educational Seminar at the upcoming 2023 VA Classic ERAHC on August 25th at the VA Equestrian Center in Lexington.  

See the EVENTS page for details.



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