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Apply for APPEL Funding

As a member of APPEL, you can apply for funding for projects promoting the Ecole de Légèreté – whether you're planning a presentation at a horse fair or a Légèreté demonstration at your own stables. Funding could be granted, for example, through the payment of subsidies or by providing a budget for fairs.

To ensure that funds can be properly granted for a planned project, we recommend that you submit a project description to the President of the association, Sylvia Stössel, by 31 October of the year before the event is to take place (email to Please make sure to include a realistic cost estimate.

As a rule, projects will only be eligible for financial support if they relate to the Ecole de Légèreté as a whole; projects promoting individual teachers will not be funded.


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Projects supported by APPEL so far

Dear Members of APPEL,


We would like to thank you very much for supporting the Ecole de Légèreté and its projects through your membership in APPEL, the sponsors’ association of the school.


Thanks to your membership fees and additional promotional contributions, we have been able to fund a growing number of presentations and projects promoting the school in the past years. These have significantly contributed to spreading the word about the philosophy of Légèreté in numerous countries around the world.


Since the foundation of the association, the following projects and presentations of the Ecole de Légèreté have been granted APPEL funding:

April 2014                       HansePferd horse fair                     Hamburg, Germany

November 2014               Fieracavalli horse fair                     Verona, Italy

March 2015                     Equitana horse fair                        Essen, Germany

April 2015                       BEA horse fair                               Bern, Switzerland

April 2015                       Nordpferd horse fair                      Neumünster, Germany

October 2015                  Faszination Pferd horse fair              Nuremberg, Germany

July 2015                         Equirando horse trekking festival       Beaumont-de-Lomagne, France

November 2015               Fieracavalli horse fair                     Verona, Italy

April 2016                       BEA horse fair                               Bern, Switzerland

April 2016                       HansePferd horse fair                     Hamburg, Germany

June 2016                        Youth promotion workshop              Beselich-Schupbach, Germany

July 2016                         Arena classical dressage festival      Sparreholm, Sweden

September 2016               Andalusian World Cup                  Las Vegas, USA

November 2016               Fieracavalli horse fair                     Verona, Italy

March 2017                     Equitana horse fair                        Essen, Germany

June 2017                        Youth promotion workshop              Beselich-Schupbach, Germany

November 2017               Faszination Pferd horse fair              Nuremberg, Germany

November 2017               Fieracavalli horse fair                     Verona, Italy

April 2018                       Mane Event / Red Deer                 Alberta, Canada

April 2018                       HansePferd horse fair                     Hamburg, Germany

June 2018                       Open Day Ecole de Légèreté           Kleindöttingen, Switzerland

June 2018                       Youth promotion workshop               Beselich-Schupbach, Germany

October 2018                  Fieracavalli horse fair                     Verona, Italy

November 2018               Equitana horse fair                        Melbourne, Australia

March 2019                     Equitana horse fair                        Essen, Germany

June 2019                        Open Day Ecole de Légèreté          Kleindöttingen, Switzerland

November 2019               Fieracavalli horse fair                     Verona, Italy

Unfortunately, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, most of the major events in 2020 and 2021 where you would have been able to watch the work of the Ecole de Légèreté had to be cancelled. 
To enable you to benefit from its teachings nonetheless, the School enhanced its digital presence during this time. You will find a selection of online lectures and
conferences on the page Online Events and Digital Media.

In 2022, we're starting in person in Germany again with presentations of the Ecole de Légèreté at Equitana, the world's biggest horse fair, from 7 to 13 April.


We’re looking forward to meeting you at one of these events!

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