Customer feedback

friso-trot2016 You will notice the sign: ”Seeing the potential…in horses and people” when driving in to Liberty Equestrian.  My potential felt non-existent when I arrived- as a new-to-dressage- rider with a young, inexperienced  horse, and previously acquired bad habits. Marcy devoted so much time to the importance of my seat development; months of Lunge lessons, riding in a bareback pad, body awareness and Core exercises. My riding position has been transformed;  my horse is grateful for this more balanced, independent seat.   Her style of teaching encourages a rider to think more, about how to properly prepare and conduct movements, trouble shoot problems… she asks questions and provides consistent, supportive feedback. The results have been fantastic; under her coaching; I have made great progress and now feel my potential is limitless. ”  Marianne


“My horses have been spoiled in the best way at Liberty.  As for coaching, I look forward to every lesson, every horse show- and this year ends with success.  I am so grateful for all that you do for me and my horse;    Thanks for your seemingly endless support and knowledge;  I could not have gotten this far without your help.”  Gillian.

ariel-dressage     sephora

  From Alaina:  ”The quality of Marcy’s coaching is far superior to those I’ve had in the past.  She finds ways to teach that I understand and makes my horse and I a better team.”


“We brought our 6 yo gelding to Liberty Equestrian due to concerns with nutrition and performance at our previous barn.  When we arrived , Marcy immediately helped both horse and rider, advancing both of their abilities and strengthening the partnership between the two of them.  We thank Marcy for the guidance and expertise she has expressed; helping us get back to having a healthy horse with an encouraged and eager rider.”  The Wile Family


taylor-linc-2015 ”I truly appreciate the opportunity to ride your wonderful horses;  they have taught me so much!  As a coach I believe that you went above and beyond. Its obvious that you are passionate about what you do, and I feel much more prepared and confident about going to Germany to ride, because of you.” 2015  Taylor.


” I am a typical adult amateur, I started riding later in life now that my career was well established. I bought my own ‘first horse’ and began taking lessons regularly with Marcy. I have to confess that I am on my way to achieving riding skills beyond my imagination. Not only is my riding improving; the awareness of the intricacies of the body, seat and hands has opened my eyes to an incredible communication that can exist between rider and horse.I am thrilled that my beloved Wolfie is also on his way to achieving his best in terms of development and skill.I started off with an inverted, spooky horse barely getting over 2′ jumps to a confident, forward horse; even winning Reserve Champion at Amberlea! In one summer we have improved systematically, to school at 1.0m+. If you want to be the best rider that you can be and if you want your horse to be his best, I highly recommend Marcy Coelho as a trainer and mentor. She will help you achieve goals you never thought could be achieved! ” Melisse.

” I can’t believe how amazing Ariel looks!  You are a wizard.” Gillian


2016 Amberlea “Jump For Hope” : Gillian with Ariel;  Madison showing Seven and Diego

lacey-in-hand “I have enjoyed many breakthroughs in my lessons. I appreciate how Marcy works through issues and how she takes the time to introduce new training methods which allow us to move forward.

She is the first coach I have worked with who hasn’t tried to pound our square peg into the round hole of dressage training procedures.   The addition of Work In Hand has been very beneficial for both me and my horse.

It is wonderful to see the improvement in my horse’s balance and self carriage as well as an additional respect for me, on the ground.   My horse is very happy and comfortable at Liberty Equestrian and I appreciate the work Marcy and Paulo have put into their lovely facility.”  Lisa

horse-show-2010-1142010 Seven dressage, Burnt Lake

“Marcy is fabulous! She has been there to help out with basically all 4 of my horses. I first started riding with her on my super bracey, giraffe necked Arabian who was competing in the 1.10m. I was a mess with swinging legs, grabby hands, you name it. Working with Marcy I learned how to ride better, so I could help teach Kash how to move better and more freely. It wasn’t long before he was a soft, steady ride with great contact, and I wasn’t flopping around like a fish!”   2009-2016, Madison

Royal West 2016- Dressage 4th level

Lincoln and Marcy at the Royal West… 4th Level Test 3… a 7min. long and difficult test; nearly identical to the required moves of the International FEI- Prix St. Georges.   We count flying changes every 4 and 3 strides, canter pirouette, half pass canter zigzags…  really this is where the fun has just begun!   So, what’s next?  Quality and precision- more impulsion and collection-  a new FEI passport, and shadbelly is also required!

Lincoln success at 4th Level

4th Open Champion Linc

Black Tie Gold Dressage show at RMSJ Sept 9/10 was a great result for Lincoln …who only started learning the new tests just a few weeks before! _4th Level Open Champion_ He just got better and better with each ride.   Sparkle and Spurs in Edmonton was a trial run for 4th level (2x 2nd), off course- of course! but his 3rd level was way better this year :-)  (2x 1st) … so in the name of determination and experience, we set out to smooth the edges and practice. Super proud to have raised Lincoln from a baby; to have gotten this far;  and for his fantastic humour at trying all my fun ideas!

Just another day, in paradise



We offer : private, semi-private and group turnouts… Enjoy training in our 70x 210′ new arena. All heated in winter, stays cool in summer !

Experienced_ Certified_ Coaching:   Germany 2003, International  Trainer “B” Dressage to 4th level and Jumping to 1.10m… and well-trained horses for seat and lunge lessons.

Step Up your flatwork, it helps your jumping…
Dressage and Work in-Hand, from novice to advanced.

In Sync – riders seat program
Straightness Training – work in hand
We do young horses & all breeds… and we get the results you want… at home and in the show ring!

Training is $35; lessons at 45 and $60.

Part leases are available, and we always use our well-trained horses!  +20.


Straightness Training in Canada April 8-10 workshop

Thank you to Straightness Training certified Instructor Kim Steutel from Amsterdam for being the first ST clinician to our area. Every horse had 2 shorter sessions daily,  to work on the ST program pillars:  Groundwork with a cavesson and one line;  In Hand, uses 2-reins, cavesson and/or bridle; some Riding -in Cavesson and/or bridle, with bareback pad to feel the movements of the horse better, and we introduced  ST  Liberty tasks by the last session.

Thanks to the Participants who travelled from 4-5-7hrs from North and South to take part in the workshop! this event was filled with a 3-horse wait list in 48 hrs, then auditor limit stretched, but we still had to cap it 2 weeks prior :-)

  If you missed this one, ask us about lessons and future events!  you can also do the Online Home Study Course to start educating your horse to be more supple, coordinated, and happy…  super fun :-)