Dressage to become more human
What if horses could help us to face our hopes, our dreams, our need for liberty, and our search for Peace and Humanity?
“What is the point, in today’s world, to still spend our time in training horses while so many things in the world may seem so much more important, more useful, and more urgent?
Maybe because horses teach us to love, teach us compassion, wisdom and tolerance.
Not in forcing us to do so, because they give us the liberty to mistreat them. But rather with an infinite patience and delicacy that compel admiration, they tirelessly show us another path to be happy and evolve, which we generally don’t follow because we are too pretentious and full of ourselves to question ourselves and realize how wrong we were.
Maybe this is what training horses is for, and also perhaps everything that can provoke this kind of evolution in human beings is more useful than any kind of wars, any kind of great speeches and anything else that may seem more valuable and essential to society. So many things seem to go wrong in this world, and yet, maybe the only thing we need to make it work is a little more Love, Compassion and Tolerance…”
Respect and Rigour
Welcome to my personal website, which attempts to represent my vision of dressage and of my work as a professional rider and dressage teacher: a great technical rigour combined with a highly artistic vision of equitation, an immense respect for the classical tradition but also the willingness to be part of the evolution of our Art. And above all, an immoderate love for this wonderful partner who is the horse.
“Watch a rider without his horse, he misses the half of his blood.”
Bartabas in "Mazeppa"
2001: University degree in Animal Biology from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), with a specialization in equine ethology (study of horses behaviour)
2001-2004 – Belgium: student of ELISABETH DE WALSCHE, herself student of the Portuguese Master Nuno Oliveira for 17 years.
2003 – France: apprenticeships with MICHEL HENRIQUET, French trainer.
2004-2006 – Portugal: working student for JOAQUIM FERNANDES (Portuguese rider, judge and trainer). Several classifications in competitions for 4 years old class. In 2006, in charge of the riding school in Paia, in Lisbon (150 students at all levels).
2005 - Portugal: apprenticeships with the German trainer RICK KLAASSEN.
2006 – Portugal: working student and groom for SERGIO MARTIN PALOS, seven times winner of the Portuguese Cup and vice-champion of Spain at St-Georges level.
2007-2008 – Sweden: Working student for JAN BRINK, Olympic rider, silver medal at the European championships in 2005 and 5th in the World’s Cup in 2007 and 2008.
In 2016: trainer of the riders of the CAVALIA show in USA.
“We have, nowadays, the incredible chance to have access, in just a few clicks, to the Masters' works from all countries, translated in all languages.
We have the capacity to share our experiences through technology, we have technological and scientific tools that enable us, better than anyone, to have a better understanding of horses that, certainly, the Old Masters could never have imagined.
And yet, everything that comes out of this experience are only dogmas, struggles, sectarianism and in my opinion, a lot of intolerance.
We have the opportunity to have a better understanding of horses, whether of their locomotion or behaviour, thanks to science but also to American Masters.
However, most riders are interested in knowing whether you are doing Baucher, Pradier, Oliveira or competition riding, whether you are in the French equestrian tradition or if you are following its principles to the letter.
Personally, I find that really sad and really unworthy, compared to what the human beings are capable to do.
And even worst, I find that disrespectful for the horses, whose welfare should be our single preoccupation.”
Extract of Pierre Beaupère’s speech at the 1st Traditional French Equitation Symposium in Saumur the 16th of October 2014.