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The joys and needs of the riders are well known to me from my more than 40 years of experience as a trainer. At that time I did more of my training and further education in the German Equestrian Association and for 20 years in the Ecole de Légéreté. That doesn't mean that I don't look right and left as well. I am very curious. Access to scientific studies is easy for me and this combination of experience and knowledge enables me to have an efficient training that is horse-friendly.

I would like to train empathetic "horse people".

Since Philippe Karl has appointed me "Master Instructor", I am officially allowed to do so on behalf of the Ecole de Légèreté.

  • Jhg. 1961

  • 1977 youth riding badge in silver

  • October 1981-1987 study of agricultural sciences, specializing in animal production

  • 1982 FN-Trainer B (riding warden)

  • 1983-1989 regular riding lessons in RV Daun

  • 1984 one-year internship on the monastery estate Maria Laach with affiliated Trakehner breed

  • 1990 Master of equine breeding and husbandry (FN), Im Niedern Stud

  • 1990 to 1999 riding instructor in the Rhein-Sieg district; Kiefferhof stud

  • since 1998 lessons with Philippe Karl, one year collaboration at the Trakehner Stud Webelsgrund with Philippe Karl

  • March 2007 licensed riding instructor at the Légèreté school (level III) and honorary member of the Ecole de Légéreté (EdL)

  • since December 2010 Master's instructor (trainer for prospective riding instructors of the EdL) with three times a year advanced training

  • Attendance of further seminars of various trainers; to name a few:

1983 Harry Boldt (akt.Teilnahme with 21 lessons), 1990 Wilfried Gehrmann, 2001 Johann Hinnemann and Holger Schmezer, 2003 Richard Hinrichs / Martin Plewa and Susanne von Dietze, 2009 Eckart Meyners / Albrecht Hübner, 2012 January Nivelle, Hubertus Schmidt, 2015 Uta Gräf, 2017 "Interaction between rider and horse from a physiotherapeutic point of view" (Association for the Promotion of Research in Equestrian Sport), Heike Kemmer

  • Graduate agricultural engineer, specializing in animal production

  • Master's instructor at the Ecole de Légèreté

  • Horse economist, breeding and keeping

Ecole de Légèreté /
Philippe Karl

The Légèreté school is based on absolute respect for the horse, on its trust and motivation. This is one of the reasons why many people interested in horsemanship come here. The school is based on the classical masters who contributed to this philosophy! In doing so, it repeatedly questions the concept itself and strives to further refine the teaching by adding new insights into anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, balance theory, psychology and ethology.


"The Légèreté is not an equestrian declaration of intent with a poetic or esoteric character, but an efficient and measurable equestrian concept. It excludes any use of force or means of coercion, is aimed at all races and can be transferred to all equestrian disciplines.

After all, it is constantly striving to increase it's efficiency and use it's resources more and more sparingly in order to bring the horse to its best advantage and to open up the best opportunities for his personal development to the rider. "


- Philippe Karl, in "The wrong ways of modern dressage"

1. Instructor courses for riding instructors

Courses for prospective EdL riding instructors with Master Teacher Sabine Mosen in Pegestorf (Bodenwerder / Hameln area), Waldmohr (West Germany) and Bopfingen (Nuremberg / Stuttgart area).

Spectators are welcome!

Classic riding instruction /

or: is riding in Légèreté classic?

My goal: to become one with the horse - the inner and outer eye a feast for the eyes!

"Riding includes respect for nature, knowledge, a goal and dedication. It is action and meditation at the same time, a constant search for balance and finding oneself."

S. Mosen


My first riding instructor, a friend of Liselotte Linsenhoffs, of course adhered to the guidelines of the German Equestrian Association, which emerged from HD.v.12!

This was followed by further training with various well-known trainers. Unfortunately, the more "advanced" the level of training, the more energetic the help should be: "Drive more, hand in hand, hold against, sit in ...".

The preoccupation with the teachings of the "old masters", starting with Xenophon via Pluvinel, de la Guérinière, Baucher, Steinbrecht to Oliveira, to name just a few, made me pause. Because it should be exactly the other way round: the further a horse is trained, the easier and more invisible the rider's help.
Whether a training path can be described as classic will depend on the one hand on its interdisciplinary and timeless relevance, but also on whether it is a race-independent, gentle method that has been copied from nature.













In 1998 I met Philippe Karl while looking for a training path that would meet this need and make the most economical use of the resources. His philosophy of the training plan in the Ecole de Légèreté is absolutely logical and is based in everything on the nature of the horse. He demonstrates an above-average commitment to horse-friendly training!

In 2001 I benefited in particular when Philippe Karl worked with my husband and me at the Trakehner stud in Webelsgrund. Mr. Karl was responsible for the training of the stud horses, his own horses were also there. I had the chance to learn intensively from him for a year.

Riding a Trakehner stallion, which he trained up to high school, trained my feeling for the French Légèreté in particular. After Mr. Karl lived in France again, I continued working the stallion and presented it at stallion shows.

In 2007 I passed the examination to become a licensed riding instructor (level 3) of the Ecole de Légèreté. And since December 2010 I have been training prospective riding instructors at the school.


What distinguishes the Ecole de Légèreté?


  • It respects the nature of every horse and thus trains all horses regardless of their breed.

  • It is based on the nature of the horse and the teachings of old masters and incorporates the latest scientific findings and a lot of experience.

  • It has a logical training plan, separates the aids and thus corresponds to the latest research into the learning behavior of horses.

  • It stops using the aids (self-holding) when the horse shows the desired reaction and knows how to adjust the balance that is required for the respective exercise.

  • Coercive means, auxiliary reins, locking straps etc. are taboo!


The answer to the above question is clearly YES. The Ecole de Lègèreté is clearly a classic riding teaching.


At a time when dressage is dominated by economic aspects and we are exposed to fads (e.g. Rollkur, LDR) from trainers whose own skills in the saddle are often not nearly sufficient, I am grateful to have found the Légèreté.

In this sense, I look forward to everyone who has become curious and who cares about the well-being of the horse.




This makes it easy for remonts to become riding horses

by S.Mosen

Equestrian Culture No. 6 2019



Rider aids for the young horse

by S.Mosen

Dressage studies September 2019

The work on the hand in the EdL

by S.Mosen

Dressage studies December 2015

Article in the magazine DressurStudien, December 2015, on the subject of training by hand.

The school of Légèreté after Philippe Karl

by S.Mosen

Dressage studies Sept. 2015

Article in the magazine DressurStudien, September 2015 on the subject of school of lightness.

The second life of Fiabesco

By Jeannette Aretz in 'Horse Market'

Article in the 'horse market' about Sabine Mosen and 'Fiabesco'.

Ecole de Légèreté/Philippe Karl
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