Philippe Karl clinic report

Philippe Karl — one of my hero’s — was in Toronto, ON to do a three day clinic last week.  Oh, I wish I had been there!  I’ve watched all of his videos and read his books.  They all leave me inspired and wanting to see more, more, more of him riding and transforming horses.  Apparently, this clinic did not disappoint those who attended.  You can read the notes taken by one of the lucky attendees.  I for one have printed out her notes so that I might read them again and again.  It is quite lengthy and chock full of details and observations.

Philippe Karl is a classical horseman through and through.  He is openly critical of the modern version of dressage seen so often in competitions.  He is for the betterment of the horse at all times.  He is, in my opinion, someone worth emulating and I do the best that I can in that department!


  1. “The walk REVEALS all the errors (and most people do not want to show that). It is important to check your work here. ”

    Ain’t that the truth! Good notes for sure.

  2. Thanks, I love PK too! His letter to the FN was top notch. I appreciate the criticism of tight nosebands. I see this everywhere now. I don’t even think people know why they are using them. They just do what they see top riders doing. Those top riders know why they do it– if they don’t shut down every avenue of complaint their horses have, they’d have a fight on their hands.

  3. Re tight nosebands, Several years ago I had a GP rider and judge tell me that it was NOT POSSIBLE to train a horse to GP without a flash noseband. Hmmmmmm….

  4. I’ve really enjoyed reading your articles. You obviously know what you are talking about! Your site is so easy to navigate too, I’ve bookmarked it in my favourites 😀