Official non-profit organization for the Ecole de Légèreté's operations in the USA
The founding principle of the school of Légèreté is the absolute respect for the horse
BERTRAND RAVOUX, Master Instructor, began riding at the age of 8. He has been a riding instructor of students of all levels and ages in dressage, jumping and eventing since 1997. He has participated in national levels of eventing in France and was 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). In 2005 he worked as a trainee with Philippe Karl for a year and 5 years later was appointed a master instructor.
BERTRAND RAVOUX is the only Master instructor of the Ecole de Légèreté appointed by Philippe Karl to come to the United States (the training concept is legally protected by patent against plagiarism, distortion or arbitrary use. No one may refer to the School of Légèreté or the teaching of Philippe Karl without having received corresponding license.)
In addition to his work in the US, Bertrand is currently a course instructor in France, Italy, and Switzerland.
“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.”
Linda Kaye Hollingsworth-Jones
Licensed Level 1
I was probably 4 or 5 years old when I saw a horse for the first time. That's when the enchantment began and I never have been able to shake it. I went on to a career starting young horses, re-schooling problem horses and training show horses but there always seemed to be something missing.
In 2012 (or so) I came across the book, The Twisted Truths of Modern Dressage by Philippe Karl. In reading it I saw before me thoughtful, historically and anatomically based methodology for the intelligent and respectful schooling of horses. in 2013 I applied for and was thrilled to be accepted into the first Ecole de Légèreté Teacher's Course offered in the United States. In my tenure as a teacher in-training with master instructor Bertrand Ravoux I have journeyed beyond any height or depth I had explored before with horses. I am now determined to help others discover the joys of this method expressed in the words of Philippe Karl, “You know where the story starts, you know where you're supposed to end up and you know the steps.”
Linda can be reached at (208) 365-2939 or firstname.lastname@example.org for lessons, clinics, and training.
James Riedeman, a recently appointed Foundation Level Instructor of the Philippe Karl Ecole de Legerete, lives in Albuquerque New Mexico, USA. James is a life long student of the horse. A native of Michigan, he began his education in the official competition dressage methodology. With much work, he progressed through the levels as far as the Grand Prix. From there he proceeded to graduate the L judges program. In his professional training, James always wanted to produce a horse who is calm, supple, loose, confident and keen. His search lead him to the Ecole de Legerete (school of Legerete). Under the careful instruction of Master Instructor Bertrand Ravoux, James was able to navigate the years-long intensive Teacher’s Course program and finally achieve the level of Foundation Instructor. With a fundamental respect for the horse firmly in mind, James is now willing and able to share the knowledge of the school with interested parties. He is available for clinics throughout in the USA at your facility. He is also able to teach and train at his ranch in New Mexico. Feel free to contact him by phone at (505)453-1725 or email email@example.com