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To become a licensed teacher of the Ecole de Légèreté, you must complete one of the basic training courses of the School and pass the final exam, which will authorise you to teach the philosophy of Légèreté in the name of Philippe Karl.


Training courses are currently running in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA (see Find a Course). As there are sometimes vacancies in the ongoing courses, don’t hesitate to send in your application (for details on how to apply, see below).


New courses: If you would like that we come to your country and you manage to have enough competent professionals around you, please contact Philippe Karl or one of the Master Teachers.

The basic training courses last three years and consist of three four-day clinics per year. Students attend the course with their own horses, the aim being to take one horse through the whole programme. Philippe Karl strongly recommends that you have at least two horses in training, however, in case your main horse is unable to attend any clinic due to illness or injury.

The courses consists of lessons in:

  • Individual dressage training

  • Work in hand and on the lunge

  • Jumping

  • Quadrille

  • Theory

  • Pedagogical training

The final exam may be attempted, at the earliest, during the 10th clinic at the beginning of the fourth year. Depending on their skills, students may reach various levels (see Exams and Levels).

How to apply

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

To make the change to the riding philosophy of Légèreté as easy as possible and to prepare yourself for the final exam in the best possible way, Philippe Karl strongly recommends you get in touch with licensed teachers or trainee teachers of the Ecole de Légèreté well before the beginning of the three-year training.

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