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“Philippe Karl & High Noon”

A DVD produced by Thomas Vogel, Pferdia TV, available in German, French and English.

A French riding master and his Hanoverian Part 1: 20 months of trusting collaboration.

Be inspired by the riding philosophy of Légèreté. Get close up to the action in Part 1 of this highly instructive documentary film 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, in hand and under saddle with respect, esteem and expertise. Enjoy their trusting work together, from the basics, to the first steps of piaffe.

Read the letter written by Werner Schade, a director of the Hanoverian Breeding Association, to Philippe Karl, in praise of this DVD here.  

“The School of Légèreté, Part 1 & 2”

A schooling series of two DVDs produced by Thomas Vogel, Pferdia TV, available in German and English.

The two films provide an excellent opportunity to watch Philippe Karl working with his students – licensed instructors and instructors-in-training of his School of 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 School of 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.

“Classical Dressage, Part 1-4”

A schooling series of four DVDs produced by Thomas Vogel, Pferdia TV, DVD and VHS, available in German, English and French.

Philippe Karl's philosophy of Légèreté was inspired by riding masters such as La Guérinière, Baucher, Beudant, or L'Hotte. It is founded on the absolute respect of the horse. His personal “training scale of Légèreté” shows a logical and practical way of schooling horses systematically and without force or constraining instruments (side reins, running reins etc.). In combination with a thorough knowledge of anatomy, motion, balance and psychology, it enables the rider to get the best from any horse.
The video series “Classical Dressage” opens new horizons within the actual dressage world and demonstrates how misjudged and misunderstood the most brilliant ancient masters are today.

Part 1: It is fundamental that the aids are taught clearly before the horse begins to do any gymnastic work. Complete flexibility of the neck is essential for the neck extension and flexion of the poll. An introduction to training on two tracks completes the first part of this schooling series.
  • Lungeing
  • Basics
  • Light in hand
  • Aids
  • Under the rider
  • Lateral Work
Part 2: In the second part of this schooling series, Philippe Karl presents additional gymnastic exercises, which continue to further the horse's training. He introduces the double bridle as an important aid for advanced exercises. Through combined lateral work, shoulder-in, counter shoulder-in, travers and renvers, the balance, suppleness and mobility of the horses are trained and established, resulting in a straight horse. Jumping at the lunge and under the rider is part of the basic training of a horse, as well as flying changes in the canter, which every horse can learn if prepared and trained correctly.
  • Canter
  • Riding with a double bridle
  • Combined lateral work
  • Show jumping
  • Flying canter changes
Part 3: “Collection makes the horse look like a classical dancer” – that is Philippe Karl's aim. In this third step of the training, Philippe uses the gymnastic exercises shown on the previous videos to improve collection. Only a supple and collected horse can manage a pirouette in walk or canter. Passage, pirouette and piaffe are the crowning exercises of collection. The Spanish Walk is not only an exercise to prepare the passage, but also a useful movement to improve the mobility of the shoulders and help further the complicity of horse and rider.
  • Pirouettes
  • Piaffe
  • Spanish walk
  • Passage
Part 4: Training progress one year later
Sampaio (6-year-old Oldenburger stallion ridden for two years) and Quiela (7-year-old Luisitano stallion ridden for three years), already participated in the first three parts of this “Classical Dressage” series. One year later, they both show the progress they have made.

“Classical versus Classique”

DVD produced by Thomas Vogel, Pferdia TV, and Dressur-Studien, available in German and English

German riding principles or légèreté, sport or art!
In June 2007, the French riding master Philippe Karl (School of Légèreté) met Christoph Hess, head of the instruction department of the German Equestrian Federation. They discussed their respective viewpoints openly and without mincing matters, in an animated debate followed by practical demonstrations on different horses and riders in the arena.
Pferdia TV's camera was there to give an impartial account of this meeting, which was initiated by Claudia Sanders, editor of the magazine Dressur-Studien. Everybody thus gets the chance to form his own opinion about: what is classical?

“Long reining”

DVD produced by the Ecole Nationale d'Equitation, currently available in German only.

Philippe Karl, Ecuyer at the prestigious Cadre Noir in Saumur, France, demonstrates how to school a horse on long reins, from the basic training of the young horse to show jumping and High School.

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