Find a Teacher

Would you like to understand more about riding and training according to the principles of Légèreté?

Are you someone who honours your horse as an individual, and wants to develop a partnership based on an intelligent, systematic, logical approach? Then you can arrange lessons by contacting a licenced or student teacher.


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It doesn’t matter what kind of horse you have, or what your previous level of experience is, any rider committed to training ‘with respect for the horse’ will benefit, as will your horse.

What is a licensed teacher?

To gain the title of licensed teacher of the School of Légèreté, a student (who must already be an experienced and dedicated riding teacher) must complete the three-year basic training course and pass a rigorous final exam.

What is a student instructor?

Student instructors are also experienced instructors in their own right. At this time all student instructors have completed the 3 year training, and most are in the process of taking their exams.

Only teachers listed on this site can officially teach the philosophy of Legerete. It is worth checking here before you take lessons, to ensure you are receiving instruction from someone who has had significant input from Philippe Karl and/or a master teacher, and who therefore deeply understands the principles and their application.

This training concept is legally protected by patent. NB: the certificate may be withdrawn on grounds of violations of the ethical principles of the Ecole de Légèreté (see “Twisted Truths of Modern Dressage”).

If you want to find out more about each of the licensed or student teachers, click on their individual profiles.

See our map for teacher locations.

Licensed Teachers

The names and contact addresses of all UK based riding teachers who have successfully completed the course and passed the exam are listed below:

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Catherine Marshall

Whitesands Equestrian Brandsmill Broxmouth By Dunbar, EH42 1RU

Based on the South East Coast of Scotland I take horses in for schooling, backing and rehab work. I teach here at the yard and really encourage people to visit for blocks of training. I also travel for clinics UK wide.



Contact Details
T: 07791 445218
E: catherine@whitesands-equestrian.com
W: whitesands-equestrian.com

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Derek Clark

Online coaching and courses

We specialise in teaching online and serve clients worldwide. Our courses, workshops and coaching programmes are Ideal if you don’t have access to a local légèreté teacher, or you’d like to deepen your understanding and get even more value from your in-person lessons. Visit our website derekandjo.com for more information and our free mini course.

Contact Details
T: 07803 196266
E: derek@derekandjo.com
W: www.derekandjo.com

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Mark Fuller

7 Saccary Lane , Mellor , Blackburn , Lancashire BB19DL. Lancashire , North Yorkshire , Cumbria

I have a training stable and take horses for schooling and starting. Private lessons at my yard and travel out within 30 miles; further on request . I also teach clinics and workshops in various parts of the U.K.



Contact Details
T: 07766 144701
E: marknorthwesthorseman@outlook.com
W: northwesthorseman.com

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Becky Holden

Based in Manchester, covering Greater Manchester, Cheshire, West Yorkshire and North Wales

Based in Manchester and travel a wide area covering Cheshire West, North Wales, West Yorkshire. One to one Lessons for all levels. I will travel further a field for clinics and demonstrations. Specialise in the classical seat for the rider and the rehabilitation for misunderstood horses.

Contact Details
T: 07815 739855
E: bec.holden@hotmail.co.uk
W: ridingfromthegroundup.com

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Nikki Stephens

Burcott Riding Centre Burcott Lane Somerset, BA5 1NQ

Based in Somerset. Teach students on their own horses , and have a small group of school horses available to teach the principles of Legerete with. Facilities to take horses in for training. Short stay intensive courses available.




Contact Details
T: 07866 596109
E: andrews50@sky.com
W: burcottridingcentre.co.uk

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Liana Upton

Ravenroyd Farm, Riverside, Bingley BD16 2DL

Based in West Yorkshire. Providing lessons, training and clinics at my yard. Mechanical horse for seat training, unmounted correctional exercise programs. Facilities to bring your horse for training holidays.





Contact Details
T: 07932 186444
E: ravenroydequestrian@yahoo.co.uk
W: riding-simulator.co.uk

Teachers who are currently in training

The following riding teachers are working towards their exams:

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Kate Sandel

Higher Langdon Barn, North Bovey, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 8RR

Private lessons and regular clinics in Devon and Somerset, other clinic locations across the U.K. Wide range of on-line courses, and a vibrant membership group. Demonstrations and special events. Specialise in rehabilitation and good horsemanship.

Contact Details
T: 07398 139463 / 01404 871549
E: kate@softandsound.org
W: softandsound.org

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Merrigan Burton

Monk Top Farm, Monks Dale Lane, Tideswell,

Based in Derbyshire and covering Notts, Cheshire East, Staffs and South Yorks. Offer lessons, workshops, clinics and classical camps. Specialist rehabilitation and young horse work.




Contact Details
T: 07910 374443
E: merrigan.burton@gmail.com
W:

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Jo Clark

Online coaching and courses


Works in Partnership with Derek Clark, please see his profile.





Contact Details
T: 07976 942254
E: jo@derekandjo.com
W: www.derekandjo.com

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Josh Daly

Model Farm Training and Dressage Shillington, SG5 3NA

Based in Bedfordshire, have facilities to take horses in for training and backing, Cover Bed's, Herts, Bucks, Northants. Hold regular clinics and willing to travel further for clinics.




Contact Details
T: 07810 103790
E: joshdaly@hotmail.co.uk
W:

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Kat Layfield

Based in Sussex, covering Surrey, Sussex and Kent

Based in East Sussex but also teach in West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Kent. Offer lessons with clients own horse in: in-hand work/lungeing, rehabilitation, backing and training under saddle. Private and semi private lessons, mini clinics, theory lectures and online tuition.

Contact Details
T: 07816 512911
E: thinkingequitation@gmail.com
W: thinkingequitation.com