In 2016, thanks to the support of APPEL, the sponsors' association of the school, you will be able to watch presentations of the Ecole de Légèreté and learn more about the work of the school at the following major horse fairs:

  • Germany: HansePferd, Hamburg     22.04. – 24.04.2016     With Philippe Karl commenting the show
  • Switzerland: BEA, Bern                    29.04. – 08.05.2016
  • Sweden: Arena, Sparreholm            22.07. – 24.07.2016
  • Italy: Fieracavalli, Verona                 10.11. – 13.11.2016     Watch Philippe Karl ride his Hanoverian High Noon!

The licenced and trainee teachers of the school present at the fairs will be happy to explain the philosophy of Légèreté, help you find a teacher or clinic centre and answer any question you might have about the Ecole de Légèreté and APPEL.

We're looking forward to meeting you!

If you are interested in becoming a riding teacher of the Ecole de Légèreté, please send Philippe Karl your application even if there are no courses in your country yet. If enough riders of the required level apply, it may be possible to start a new course.

In particular, applications are currently welcome for new courses in Switzerland and Canada.

A new course could start in Switzerland in Montfaucon (Jura) in early 2017 at the Le Pré-Petitjean riding facility (www.equetec.ch). Please contact the organiser for more details. / Une nouvelle formation d'instructeurs pourrait débuter en Suisse à Montfaucon (Jura) début 2017 au manège Le Pré-Petitjean (www.equetec.ch). Veuillez contacter l'organisatrice pour de plus amples informations.
Application deadline / Délai de candidature:      5 September 2016
Organiser / organisatrice:

Aline Schaller
Les Rottes 1
Case postale 5
CH - 2364 Saint Brais

+41 79 727 22 76

More information on the basic training course and how to apply.

Two new courses are also planned to start in Canada in British Columbia and Alberta in 2017. Please contact the organisers or Melanie Bulmahn for more details.

Course CentreOrganiser

British Columbia

ForTheHorse Equestrian Centre
Chase, BC
www.forthehorse.com

Christine Adderson
Box 1788
Chase BC
V0E 1M0
Canada

Proposed start date: 2017

Application deadline: 30 November 2016

Teacher: Melanie Bulmahn

Please apply directly to:
Melanie Bulmahn
Rader Weg 8
22889 Tangstedt
Germany

+49 1578 1870003

Alberta

Phoenix Equestrian Centre
Innisfail, AB
T4G 1S7

Michelle Rangen
Box 6022
Innisfail, AB
T4G 1S7
Canada

A theory lecture DVD produced by Pferdia TV, available in English and German

Philippe Karl, former Ecuyer of the famous Cadre Noir in Saumur in France, is renowned for his razor-sharp analyses and outspoken criticism of modern dressage.

In this filmed theory lecture, the French riding master examines one of the key elements of horse training: collection. Starting from the official concept of collection, he analyses the exact locomotion of the horse in the light of latest scientific findings and points out widespread mistakes and fallacies. He explains the different forms of collection using the example of passage and piaffe and describes the consequences arising for the entire training of the horse.

Philippe Karl's line of reasoning, which he illustrates in his lecture with numerous photos and drawings, shows collection – one of the cornerstones of horse training – in a wholly new light.

A French riding master and his Hanoverian, Part 2: One year later – progressing to High School dressage
A DVD produced by Pferdia TV, available in English, French and German

Let the philosophy of Légèreté inspire you! Follow the progression of the Hanoverian High Noon in the second part of this educational and informative film documentary and watch him as he continues his partnership and training with the renowned French riding master, Philippe Karl.

One year after the recording of the first episode, we take a look at a cross-section of the Hanoverian’s entire training programme – from loosening on the lunge and under the saddle up to High School dressage work, such as school walk, piaffe, passage and tempi changes.

Enjoy highlights of High Noon’s first venture into the public limelight, as he takes centre stage at the HansePferd horse fair in Hamburg, Germany, in April 2014.

APPEL, the association for the promotion of the Ecole de Légèreté, proudly presents the Ecole de Légèreté under the personal direction of Philippe Karl at the Equitana horse fair in Essen, Germany, from 14 to 22 March 2015.

Experience Philippe Karl and the teachers of the Ecole de Légèreté live in the big show ring of Hall 6 on 16 and 17 March 2015. Lectures and daily presentations in the training ring (Hall 10/11) offer insight into the work and philosophy of the Ecole de Légèreté. Visit the APPEL exhibition stand (Hall 10/11-C21), where our contact persons will be happy to provide information and answer any queries you may have about the Ecole de Légèreté and the association APPEL. Seize the opportunity to know more about Philippe Karl, the Ecole de Légèreté and the association.

From 25 to 27 April 2014, the Ecole de Légèreté and the APPEL association presented themselves at the largest horse fair in northern Germany, the HansePferd in Hamburg. The performance was a full success – the big show with five riders of the Ecole de Légèreté and Philippe Karl himself was rewarded with standing ovations.

At the booth next to the training arena, which was kindly sponsored by Pferdia TV, numerous visitors caught up on the work of the school and the association APPEL.

Philippe Karl’s 30-minute lecture at the forum “Horse Competence” was also extremely popular with visitors standing in the corridors to listen. Philippe Karl answered selected questions from the audience: he explained what to look at when riding in order to keep your horse healthy in the long term, described the meaning, purpose and execution of the demi-arrêt, and explained how to correct a horse that hurries and tends to run.

The practical demonstrations in the training arena were executed by two licenced riding teachers with a student each. Melanie Bulmahn, together with Lara Weidmann on the Appaloosa mare Dixie, described the separation and moderation of the aids.

Nicole Weinauge explained the training scale of the Ecole de Légèreté and its significance for maintaining the health of the horse, together with Kirsten Grahl and the Andalusian gelding Minero.

Highlight of the Ecole de Légèreté’s performance was the 30-minute show in the big arena. Together with Philippe Karl and his Hanoverian gelding High Noon, five riders of the school demonstrated the warm-up work followed by a programme with high-school exercises accompanied by music – from sideway movements in the three gaits through pirouettes and flying lead changes up to piaffe and passage. The audience’s reaction was overwhelming for all participants. Accompanied by standing ovations and Beethoven's “Ode to Joy” , all six rode a lap of honour in the area.

In order of appearance:

Philippe Karl (France) with the Hanoverian gelding High Noon
Edit Kappel (Hungary) with the Lipizzaner stallion Favory 28/5
Birgit Beck-Broichsitter (Germany) with the Holstein mare Evita
Anna Wallén (Sweden) with the Lusitano stallion Que Halo
Edith Herrmann (Germany) with the Bavarian Warmblood gelding Walzerprinz
Christiane Horstmann (Germany) with the Lusitano stallion Uriel
(Katja Lauer's PRE stallion Hubaro was unfortunately lame)

More photos of the event, by courtesy of Maike Klein:

   Christiane Horstmann & Anna Wallén Edit Kappel   Philippe Karl   

Many thanks to all participants, the organisers, the sponsors Pferdia TV and Cadmos Verlag, the uncountable supporters, the members, students and friends of the school and the association who arrived from Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK and the friendly and helpful HansePferd team!

The enormous appeal that the Ecole de Légèreté and the association APPEL gained at HansePferd shows: the time is ready for the riding philosophy of the Ecole de Légèreté. People want to see harmonious, light riding on unconstrained, expressive horses again. So let’s show the world that it is possible to ride differently – without coercive artificial aids, without tightly closed nosebands, in a trusting dialog between rider and horse.

Without the support of Pferdia TV and the APPEL association, the performance of the Ecole de Légèreté at the HansePferd horse fair would have been impossible. If you’re interested in supporting the work of the school at such an event, you’re cordially invited to join the association APPEL. As the next big event, the Italian section of the Ecole de Légèreté plans a show at the Fieracavalli horse fair in Verona in November. For further information on APPEL, please click here.

In September 2011, about 120 members of the Ecole de Légèreté from 10 countries – Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK – met in Pegestorf to discuss the future of the school at the first international meeting of the Ecole de Légèreté.

One of the central results of the Pegestorf working teams was the decision to establish an official organization that would enable the Ecole de Légèreté to deal with its rapid international growth and the related challenges and to secure the future of the school on a long-term basis.

The association “APPEL – Association pour la Promotion de l’Ecole de Légèreté” (Association for the promotion of the Ecole de Légèreté) was accordingly founded in March 2013 in France. The founding and the statues were announced in the “Journal Officiel de la République Française” on 30 March 2013.

In autumn 2013, the association APPEL officially began working. As initial project, APPEL will organize, with the kind support of Pferdia TV, the participation of Philippe Karl and the Ecole de Légèreté at the HansePferd 2014 horse fair in Hamburg, Germany.

A French riding master and his Hanoverian, Part 1: 20 months of trusting collaboration
A DVD produced by Pferdia TV, available in English, French and German

Be inspired by the riding philosophy of Légèreté! Get close up to the action in Part 1 of this highly instructive documentary film by Pferdia TV, where the young Hanoverian gelding High Noon goes through his first two years of basic training with the renowned French riding master.

Philippe Karl trains him on the lunge rein, in hand and under saddle with respect, esteem and expertise. Enjoy their trusting work together, from the basics to the first piaffe strides.

Two DVDs demonstrating the work of Philippe Karl and his students, published by Pferdia TV, available in English and German

The two films provide an excellent opportunity to watch Philippe Karl working with his students – licenced teachers and trainee teachers of his Ecole de Légèreté. He teaches riders on horses that we see every day: the charming heavy horse, the impish Haflinger, the lively Lusitano and the elegant competition horse. In his lessons, he systematically focuses on the specific level of schooling of each horse-and-rider pair.

Part 1: basic work

  • Flexions in-hand
  • Warm-up, putting the horse in hand and development of neck extension in walk, trot and canter
  • Training on two tracks in walk and trot

Part 2: advanced work

  • Combined lateral movements in walk and trot
  • Lateral movements in canter
  • Preparation of flying changes
  • Development of Spanish walk, piaffe and passage
  • Summary of a complete training session

Thanks to the wide variety of sequences presented with all types of horse-and-rider combinations, the Ecole de Légèreté becomes accessible to everyone, providing riders with problem-solving approaches they can use every day. The final aim of the schooling is an all-purpose horse that is light to the rider’s aids at all times.

Vom 16. bis 18. April 2010 waren Philippe Karl und sechs Reitlehrerinnen seiner Schule auf der Messe HansePferd in Hamburg zu Gast und stellten die Reitphilosophie der Légèreté (Leichtheit) in vier Vorführungen pro Tag vor.

Im kleinen Ausbildungsring arbeitete Philippe Karl mit jeweils zwei Reiterinnen an verschiedenen Themen: Abkau- und Biegeübungen, Arbeit an der Hand und Entwickeln der Dehnungshaltung unter dem Sattel; Seitengänge; Vorbereitung und Entwicklung von Piaffe und Passage. Zudem stellte eine der Ausbilderinnen, Melanie Kleemann, eine eigene Schülerin vor und demonstrierte, mit welchen Übungen sich die Schiefe des Pferdes korrigieren lässt.  

Im Forum Pferdekompetenz beantwortete Philippe Karl Fragen aus dem Publikum, wie: Warum sollte man keine Hilfszügel verwenden? Welchen Stellenwert hat die Dehnungshaltung in der Schule der Légèreté im Vergleich zur FN? Wie lange sollte ein Pferd in Dehnungshaltung gearbeitet werden? Worin unterscheidet sich die von Philippe Karl propagierte Aufrichtung von der eines Pferdes, das über dem Zügel geht?

In der großen Showhalle zeigten alle sechs Reiterinnen, von Philippe Karl kommentiert, einen Querschnitt durch die Arbeit der Schule der Légèreté, von der lösenden Arbeit in Dehnungshaltung über die Seitengänge bis hin zu Piaffe, Spanischer Schritt und Passage.

An dieser Stelle ein herzliches Dankeschön an alle Mitwirkenden, insbesondere die Reiterinnen:

Birgit Beck-Broichsitter with her Holsteiner mare Evita
Christiane Horstmann with her Lusitano stallion Uriel
Kristina Janssen with her Friesian stallion Wiebe
Melanie Kleemann with her quarter horse gelding Leroy Dear Heart
Petra Köpcke with her Kladruber gelding Argento
Annika Schnittke with the PRE gelding Saltiro
 
sowie Melanies Schülerin Lisa, Sibylle Wiemer für die Organisation und das hilfsbereite und allzeit freundliche Team der HansePferd!

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