Bertrand Ravoux


350 B Chemin du Tramway

26230 Chamaret



+33 6 83 15 68 29

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“Là où la légèreté

est donnée,

la gravité

ne manque pas.


Where lightness

is given,


does not fail.”


Maurice Blanchot

  • Riding according to the Ecole de Légèreté

  • Jumping

  • Lungeing

  • Work in hand

  • Theory lectures

Equestrian vita

  • Started to ride at age 8

  • Since 1997: Riding instructor, training students of all levels and ages in dressage, jumping and eventing

  • Participated in eventing competitions in France at national level, sometimes with young horses

  • Initiated to the method of François Baucher by Patrice Franchet d’Espèrey, Ecuyer of the Cadre Noir in Saumur and manager of the documentation centre of the French National Riding School (ENE)

  • 2005: Working as a trainee with Philippe Karl in France for one year

  • Since 2010: Master Instructor of the Ecole de Légèreté

How and why I came to riding in Légèreté with Philippe Karl

I have always been interested in riding in lightness because my first teacher practiced horse-friendly riding. He did not use any means of coercion and trained all types of horses. When I became an instructor, I aimed to improve my skills by respecting these principles.


While participating in clinics at the French National Riding School (ENE), I met Patrice Franchet d’Espèrey, who introduced me to the method of François Baucher (second way). I then naturally turned towards the French riding tradition in Légèreté.


I read numerous books by ancient and modern authors. It is through these readings that I discovered the work of Philippe Karl. His books greatly impressed and inspired me. I met him and became his trainee shortly afterwards – that’s how it all began.

© 2018 by Philippe Karl & APPEL – Association pour la Promotion de l'Ecole de Légèreté. Photography supplied courtesy of Guillaume Aymeric, Alain Laurioux, Reitanlage Hellwig & Matthes, Claudia Schipper, Philipp Seifert, Niels Stappenbeck, Meike Wix.

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