WE Coach: Tessa Nicolet of Cohesive Horsemanship

Tessa Nicolet of Cohesive Horsemanship

Tessa Nicolet

Connect with Tessa via www.cohesivehorsemanship.com

Payson, AZ


  •         Lessons on-farm
  •         Travels for lessons
  •         Clinics on and off-farm,

Tessa’s passion is building partnerships between an equine and a human. For Tessa, the feeling of finding lightness and harmony while working with a horse is addictive and there’s nothing more rewarding than watching a student find that with their horse.

She started riding at a young age and always found peace when with horses; more so than with other humans. Yet it’s horses that taught her to have deeper, more fulfilling partnerships with people. As a young horse-crazy kid she knew nothing of ‘natural horsemanship’ but she did understand that since she was usually the one to put the first rides on her family’s colts, she had better build a trusting, respectful partnership with those youngsters.

Later in her life, thanks to a sensitive mare, she had to start formally educating herself on the philosophy and skills of a natural horseman and the classical learning of dressage – she is forever grateful to that mare. When Tessa first was introduced to Working Equitation it all came together! The refinement and lightness of classical dressage training, the confidence and partnership needed for Ease of Handling, and the ability to ask for awesome potential energy all in one sport!

Tessa is very excited to be part of this community.

Links to the USAWE Regions

Region 1 | Region 2 | Region 3 | Region 4 | Region 5 | Region 6 | Region 7

USAWE Logo design by Alexandra Crippen of Crippen Designs.

The logo represents the four trials of Working Equitation and highlights the diversity for which the sport is known in the United States. 

  • The first image depicts a mule, being ridden in western tack and attire in the Dressage trial.
  • The second image showcases an Iberian horse in traditional Iberian tack and attire performing in the EOH trial.
  • The third image shows a horse of indeterminate breeding and a rider in English tack and attire, competing in the Speed trial.
  • Together, all three riders represent a team competing together in the Cattle trial. Although the cow is not shown directly, the three teammates are working in concert. The image is intended to elicit the feeling of excitement and movement as the team moves their designated cow toward the holding pen to the far right, off the page. (Think of it as a "silent cow", much as the letter "e" at the end of a word is often referred to as "the silent 'e'" in recognition of its existence without being read aloud).

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