Dressage at its finest...



Cottonwood Farm is a premier Las Vegas Dressage facility.  We pride ourselves on exceptional care of your equine partner.  We offer daily dressage instruction and regular opportunities to participate in clinics and shows.  Dressage is our passion, horses are our love.  We look forward to helping riders of all levels achieve their dressage goals.  Join us Down Centerline at Cottonwood Farm!


Don Swanson

I was born and raised on a 1000 acre working farm in the rolling countryside of Northern Illinois.  I purchased Cottonwood Farm, formerly known as Cooper Ranch, because the lush green pastures and beautiful landscaping reminded me of my childhood home.  I am firmly committed to providing a top notch facility where the rider and horse can attain a higher level of performance through excellent training paired with quality services and the the highest level of care.  


Chris Federer 

Sam Gerida     Darius WF









Chris Federer is a Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist who enjoys working with Dressage students wishing to further their knowledge and skills. Chris believes in the classical foundation for the essential ingredients for correct training of the horse and rider. Chris and her equine partners, Sam Gerida enjoying the FEI Levels and Darius at First Level, are active competitive teams. In 2017 Chris and Sam received the USDF Open Vintage Intermediate II Reserve Champion Award.  Chris is excited with her new mount, Darius WF (Vinny) and looking forward to  going through the levels together.  Vinny and Chris have been High Point Training Level with a score of 82.3%.

Chris is now available for training a select number of students and horses at Cottonwood Farm. 

Chris rides and trains by the following Quote:

"The rider must listen to the horse in order to judge when the moment for an aid has come, which aid is needed and how intense it must be.  We must know how to create or wait for the right circumstances, to prepare the horse."  Gustau von Dreyhausen

Assistant Trainer

Erica Manke












Erica Manke is a Jr. Dressage Rider who has been working with horses since the age of four now riding Prix St. George with her lovely mare Lacey.  Four years ago Lacey and Erica began their journey together earning Erica her Bronze Medal.  Erica's passion for the sport of Dressage shows in her dedicated desire to further her education.  With the help of many talented trainers such as Anke Herbert and Chris Federer, she has been able to further her skills in working with a variety of complicated horses.  She continues her Dressage education by clinics with Masters of Dressage such as Silke Rembacz and Sabine Schut Kerry and more.

Erica is available to train students through 3rd Level,  as well training horses in the Dressage Sport.