Ecole de Légèreté – APPEL – HansePferd Fair 2014

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Below is the full article and photos from the fair.

Dear Members of APPEL and the Ecole de Légèreté,

We are happy and proud to announce that the first project organized with the active and financial support of the association APPEL was a great success!

HansePferd 2014

From 25 to 27 April, the Ecole de Légèreté and APPEL were present on the HansePferd fair in Hamburg, the biggest horse fair in northern Germany, with a varied daily programme comprising:

  • a booth of 7 square metres kindly sponsored by Pferdia TV,
  • a 30-minute lecture of Philippe Karl on selected questions from the audience,
  • a 30-minute practical demonstration by a licensed instructor and a student with their horse in the training ring,
  • a 30-minute show featuring Philippe Karl on his Hanoverian gelding High Noon together with five instructors of the school from Germany, Hungary and Sweden in the big show arena.

At the booth near the training ring, numerous visitors took the opportunity to learn more about the work of Philippe Karl, the Ecole de Légèreté and the association APPEL. The lecture and the practical presentations were also very well attended, and the big show was even greeted with repeated applause in between and standing ovations at the end! Several spectators reported having had goose bumps and tears in their eyes, and one even said that she had never seen anything so beautiful in her life.

The HansePferd fair was also a welcome occasion for many members of the Ecole de Légèreté to meet and get in touch, sometimes for the first time – the HansePferd team was joined by numerous members of the school from Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

Our overall impression was that the time is ripe for the Ecole de Légèreté to increasingly present its work to the general public. People really want to see light, harmonious riding, and at the HansePferd fair, they very clearly showed their appreciation and support through the overwhelming applause and interest in the work of Philippe Karl, the Ecole de Légèreté and the association APPEL.

We would like to thank everybody involved for making the HansePferd project such a success!
Special thanks go to:

  • Gudrun Braun, Inge and Thomas Vogel of Pferdia TV
  • Anja Seider-Manske of Cadmos Verlag
  • Sonja Hellwig, Antje Matthes and the whole Pegestorf team
  • Irene Boss, Susanne Buck-Wegener, Evelyn Schloßhahn-Wiedner, Gunnar Wiedner
  • Nicole Weinauge and Kirsten Grahl
  • Melanie Bulmahn and Lara Weidmann
  • Birgit Beck-Broichsitter, Edith Hermann, Christiane Horstmann, Edith Kappel from Hungary, Katja Lauer, whose horse was unfortunately lame, Anna Wallén from Sweden
  • The countless grooms and helpers
  • Ilka Flegel
  • and of course the stars of the show, Philippe Karl and High Noon

Seeing the very positive reception at HansePferd, the association APPEL is looking forward to promoting the next big project: the Fieracavalli horse fair in Verona, Italy, on 6–9 November, where the Italian fraction of the Ecole de Légèreté will present the work of the school with the support of various instructors from other European countries.

To give you an impression of the HansePferd fair, you will find a few photos of the event attached to this email. Many thanks to Maike Klein ( and Sabine Mosen for the great photographs!

We are currently working on the relaunch of the website, which will include several pages related to the association APPEL. Until that relaunch, we have included one page on the association in the current website. As of 30 April, the English and German association pages are ready, the French page will come online soon.

We have also written a more detailed account of the HansePferd fair for the “News” page. This account is only in German at the moment, but the English and French versions are in the making (sorry, but being an international school and association with a website in three languages doesn’t make things easier!).

The German version is at:

The English and French versions will be published at: and respectively.