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.