Christine Adderson

 Isla Adderson

Student Program 


 What We Offer






School of Légèreté  

 Philippe Karl

  Melanie Bulmahn

  Teachers' Course

  Open Clinics


                                        Melanie Bulmahn

My goal is to provide a wide variety of horses and riders with a holistic training concept in which the respect and welfare for the horse is the top priority. The result is an intensive dialogue between horse and rider, with the horse responding to the lightest aids of the rider confidently, easily and at any time.

Before I could walk, I sat on horseback. As a child and teenager, I had FN lessons in dressage, quadrille and jumping. Looking for more horse-friendly methods, I rode classical-baroque and western competition where I passed exams and helped to organize house competitions as a ring steward.  I mingled my knowledge and became an autodidact, with the pedantic support of my greatest teacher, my former Arabian horse Samosh.

Always in search of horse-friendly training, my path eventually led me (ca. 2001) to classical riding, taught by Philippe Karl.  I participated in his Teacher Courses, first as an auditor. From 2007 to 2010, I rode in the Teachers' Course with my Quarterhorse, Leroy. I completed the training successfully in January 2010, thus becoming a licensed instructor of the Ecole de Légèreté (Level 3).

To further improve my skills and provide horse and rider with sensible, healthy and biomechanically correct training. From 2012 to 2015, I studied at the holistic health centre, Equo Vadis, for equine osteopathy.

My curiosity prompts me to go on participating in various horse-related courses.  Currently I am working towards diplomas in Equitation Science.

Since 1989, I have been working with different riders and horses. Hence, I have been a student and teacher at the same time. I am an independent riding instructor and give clinics in five countries; Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA.

My riding method is the Ecole de Légèreté. Feeling, knowledge about horses and common sense are central points if you want to train your horse in a way that fully respects its nature. And I am constantly striving to work on myself on these points.

Since I am teaching many riding instructors, among others, I had the idea to teach all of my students as if they were instructors. In fact, every horse owner is an instructor the moment they come into contact with the horse. I therefore try to teach my students how to act responsibly, independently and consciously.


visit Melanie's website  http://www.melanie-bulmahn.de/

2017 Schedule

April 19 - 21  Open Clinic

April 22  - 25  Teachers' Course

July 20 - 23  Teachers' Course

July 24 - 26 Open Clinic

September 20 - 22  Open Clinic

September 23 - 26 Teachers' Course

Photo credits:  Melanie Bulmahn

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