Your favorite available classical dressage trainers
My husband will be away for work this fall for anywhere between one and five months. I'm going to take this time to work intensively with a trainer and am considering going with a classical dressage trainer.
I'm not asking about who the amazing masters are. I am asking about trainers who are actively taking clients for full time training. Whom would you choose?
Thanks in advance.
ETA: I have him lined up for an eventing trainer for the summer, but I may go ahead and go with a dressage trainer instead. He is an OTTB with a lot of back problems that weren't taken care of for years. Part of his back is extremely atrophied. I'd like to pursue eventing with him, but at this point, I'm thinking it would be in his best interest to focus solely on dressage to help him build the muscles and engagement to support his back.
Felicitas von-Neumann Cosel
I second Felicitas. I've hosted clinics with her from when I was a very green dressage rider on my $1 breed stock paint to being a less green dressage rider on my FEI gelding. I am in awe of her ability to work with a variety of riders & horses and their multitude of issues! I would LOVE to have the opportunity, time and money to spend a couple months with her!
There is also Laurie Hedlund in OK that does not come close to getting her due credit for her classical knowledge and expertise. She is lesser known but is outstanding. Bronze & Silver medals, "L" graduate w distinction, USDF certified through 4th level, entering the 'r' program. She was based for many years in Chicago when her husband, Alf Athenstaedt, was the Director of Training at Temple Farms for 30 yrs. Alf is amazing but is now retired. They moved to OK about 8 yrs ago. Laurie has been under his tutelage for 18+ yrs. I have ridden with Laurie and Alf for 8+ yrs and Alf still travels with Laurie when she comes up to my place for clinics. I was awarded the AA Gifted Grant through The Dressage Foundation in 2009 and spent a week with Laurie.