Join the swiftly growing international community of the friends and sponsors of the Ecole de Légèreté! 

In these days of highly disputable training methods such as “low-deep-round” or “rollkur”, we take a clear stand: Horses should point their nose ahead – towards their future and not their past!

The central principle of the riding philosophy of Légèreté is the absolute respect of the horse. It thus excludes any use of force or coercive artificial aids, including side reins, draw reins, tightly closed nosebands – and any training methods that force the horse into unnatural positions. 

The philosophy of Légèreté applies to all types of horse and all equestrian disciplines. It provides an efficient training plan with clear principles and schooling methods that fully respect the nature of the horse. Hence, it allows any seriously motivated rider access to high school equitation, even with a “perfectly ordinary” horse.

The association APPEL “Association pour la Promotion de l'Ecole de Légèreté” was founded to secure the success of the Ecole de Légèreté in the long term. Its aim is to spread the philosophy of Légèreté – for the welfare of horses throughout the world.

By providing funding and volunteer expertise, we support projects related to the Ecole de Légèreté. Together, we promote activities of our members all over the world in order to convincingly showcase the riding philosophy of Légèreté.


  1. You also believe in respect for the horse.
  2. You think it’s important that your training system
    is based on sound, scientifically reliable knowledge
    of horses.
  3. You are firmly against using coercive gadgets.
  4. You want to take a clear position in the discussion
    about Rollkur and other coercive training methods.
  5. You want to see harmonious presentations involving
    horses that are expressive and enjoying their work
    in equestrian centres around the world.
  6. You want to help preserve and promote the heritage
    of classical riding.
  7. You want to make contact with like-minded
    equestrians around the world.
  8. You want to bring your ideas and projects into the
    Ecole de Légèreté.
  9. You want to support and encourage the publication
    of books, DVDs and articles on the philosophy of
  10. You want to help, as part of an international
    community, to spread the word about the philosophy
    of Légèreté.

... then become a member of APPEL!

As a bonus, members of APPEL receive a 10% discount on spectator fees at all the teachers’ courses of the Ecole de Légèreté held by Philippe Karl and his master instructors around the world.
[To receive your discount, please send an email with a receipt over the full spectator fee, signed by the course organiser, to . Don't forget to specify your bank account or PayPal account. APPEL will then transfer the 10% discount onto your account.]

As a further bonus, you will be granted a 10% discount on all products bearing the logos of APPEL and the Ecole de Légèreté (the latter for the licensed teachers) sold by Reitsport Hellwig: patches and stickers, saddle cloths, polo shirts, blouses and shirts, fleece jackets and softshell jackets. For more information, see the online shop of Reitsport Hellwig.


How do I join?

Download Membership application form (in English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano)

Download Membership fee regulations (in English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano)