Amelia Newcomb Dressage works to develop a trusting and confident relationship between horse and rider. Using elements from both natural horsemanship and classical dressage, Amelia creates a holistic approach to dressage training that adapts to fit the needs of each individual horse and rider. Starting with basic groundwork and progressing to the Grand Prix, Amelia emphasizes trust, understanding, and relaxation for both horse and rider.
Amelia also enjoys teaching and sharing her knowledge and experience with her students. “I have been blessed with many great teachers in my career and I hope to help each and every one of my students develop a connection and solid relationship with their horses.” A passionate dressage trainer, with a goal of reaching and helping a larger number of riders than one-on-one in-person training allows, Amelia has expanded her training program to the online community.
“I see online dressage training as the future. Not everyone is lucky enough to have an amazing dressage trainer in their backyard. Amelia’s Dressage Academy provides monthly workshops and in-depth masterclasses, which can provide a map for progress in your dressage journey!”
Amelia Newcomb is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist, and a member of the prestigious USEF Dressage Development Program. She has trained and competed close to 50 horses in almost 500 competitions, and has trained several horses that she started as youngsters all the way up to the Grand Prix. Amelia hopes one day to compete internationally and to represent the United States at the Olympics.
Amelia Newcomb Dressage is based in Somis, California, where Amelia offers complete and correct dressage training from breaking the young horse through the FEI level.
Amelia discovered her passion for horses when she received four riding lessons for her eleventh birthday. Little did her parents know that these four lessons would fuel a passion for riding that would grow into first leasing a horse, then owning a horse – then several horses, and then a truck and trailer. Growing up, Amelia could usually be found out at the barn. Eventually, when her parents finally tired of driving her to the barn, she was so determined to ride that she hopped on her bike and rode the seven miles along the highway to get to the barn.
When Amelia was fourteen, her family purchased a three year old Dutch Warmblood, Geronimo, who forced Amelia to prove her determination and passion for riding. Soon after arriving from Holland, Geronimo developed a horrible rearing problem. Many suggested selling him, but Amelia was determined to figure out how to work with him. Learning how to “fix” Geronimo meant leaving the security of her barn, her riding friends, and the dressage world completely. Geronimo was sent out to Hudson, Colorado, to an incredible horseman by the name of Larry Fleming. Larry had to start over from the beginning with Geronimo. Everything from leading properly and taking the halter properly, to being respectful of the human on the ground had to be retaught. Amelia recalls, “Geronimo used to rip his head out of the halter when you would put him back in his pen. I never realized that this was an indication of his disrespect for the human until Larry told me that I was not to let him loose until he stood there patiently while I removed his halter. Larry told me: ‘it might take you more than a hundred times, but it won’t take you more than a million.’”
It was a long journey with Larry and Geronimo, but eventually Amelia got to the point that she could ride Geronimo without him rearing. She even won a ranch roping competition on him and a dressage show all in the same summer! Amelia credits the experience that she had with Geronimo as the beginning of the road to becoming a true horsewoman. Many people know how to ride, but have no understanding of how to actually train a young horse or fix a serious behavioral issue.
The day after she graduated from high school, Amelia moved to Kiowa, Colorado, to work for Mindy Bowers. “I got an enormous amount of experience working for Mindy,” says Amelia. “I would ride from dawn to dusk six days a week and ten to twelve horses a day. Sometimes my butt would get so raw it would start bleeding, but I just kept on riding.”
After working for Mindy for a year and a half, Amelia returned to Boulder to finish her bachelors degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado. Every second that she was not studying was spent riding. By the time she graduated, Amelia had enough clients to go right into a full-time career as a dressage trainer, training horses and giving riding lessons.
Kensington is Amelia’s new up and coming young horse. Amelia found him on a shopping trip in Holland and he arrived in the U.S. in February 2020. Kensington is a very sweet and outgoing horse. He has a wonderful temperament and huge potential. Amelia is working to develop a correct and solid foundation and is looking forward to competing this special youngster!
Harvard (aka. Harvey) is a 2012 gelding by Charmeur x Tuschinski. He competed in 2020 in Prix St. George classes. “Harvey is the most spectacular horse that I have ever ridden,” says Amelia. “He is very sensitive, willing and super athletic. I feel a huge obligation to help this horse get to his full potential and I take his and my training very seriously.”
Luigi (aka. Lucky Luke) is a 2016 KWPN gelding (Governor x Florencio). In 2022, Luigi qualified as a 6 year old in the top 12 to compete at the National Championships in Lamplight. Amelia has competed Luigi with scores in the 70s through 4th level and is looking to move him up to the Prix St. George in 2023.
Have questions about her online training resources? Send her a message, or click the links below to read more:
Amelia’s YouTube Channel – training videos every Wednesday!Amelia’s Dressage Academy – membership site with focused exercises each monthMasterclasses – intensive training in essential dressage topicsAmelia’s Dressage Club (on Facebook) – an online community of dressage riders here to support and encourage you
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