First Open Day of the Ecole de Légèreté in Switzerland

Updated: Jul 19, 2018

On 3 June 2018, the Ecole de Légèreté team Switzerland – supported by master instructor Bea Borelle and some of her students – presented the school to the public for the first time at their own, dedicated event. More than 250 spectators found their way to the FarmersPlace seminar centre in Kleindöttingen. A great success for little Switzerland!

The Ecole de Légèreté team Switzerland presented the entire training progress of the school in various commented presentations. The interested audience witnessed lungeing and ground work, flexions, gymnastic riding with exercises ranging from the basic training up to lateral movements as well as one jumping lesson and one dressage lesson. Both Bea Borelle’s theory lecture and the demo riding lessons took up the motto of the day, “The tenets of balance”, and vividly demonstrated the possibilities the rider has to influence the balance of the horse and use it to his advantage. It was repeatedly emphasised that the Ecole de Légèreté does not use coercive means such as auxiliary reins, instead relying on a clear concept and communication between the feeling hands of the rider and the sensitive mouth of the horse.

The programme also included two question and discussion sessions in which the audience participated very actively. The day was rounded off by a demonstration ridden by three licensed teachers of the Ecole de Légèreté, who showed the progression for developing high school lessons such as flying changes and piaffe.