Amelia Newcomb Dressage, based in Somis California, offers complete dressage training from breaking the young horse through the FEI level. Amelia is a Grand Prix rider and has her USDF Bronze, Silver, and gold medals. Amelia Newcomb dressage offers complete training for horses and riders of all levels and ages and combines natural horsemanship and classical dressage. Amelia’s recent accomplishments include:
· USDF Gold medal, and CLS 4* Rated Rider
UDSF Reserve Champion Materiale on Dallas KF
·2013- DASC Prix St. George Champion on Dr. Rodenhuis
2013 - DASC Intermediare 1 Champion on Trump
2014 - DASC Training level champion on Valentina
2014 DASC Third Level Champion on Wild Dancer
2014 CDS Reserve Third level Champion on Wild Dancer
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. At one point, she was so determined to get out to the barn that when her parents were sick of giving her rides, she hopped on her bike and rode the seven miles along the highway to go ride.
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. While many suggested selling him, 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 basically had to start over from the beginning with Geronimo. Everything from getting him to lead properly, to take the halter properly, and to be respectful of the human on the ground had to be retaught. Amelia recalls that "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 patientley while I removed his halter." Larry told me: 'it might take you 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 training horses and giving riding lessons.
"I love my job more than I could imagine anyone ever loving a job," says Amelia, "Sometimes people tell me that I need to take a day off but when I wake up every morning, the first thought that comes to my mind is riding and my horses."
Currently Amelia rides and trains at several barns in the Northern Los Angeles area. She takes regular clinics from Christine Traurig and has her training business at Spirit Equestrian center in Somis, CA.