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The founders

Colonel Christian CARDE

  • Ecuyer en Chef of the Ecole Nationale d'Equitation and of the Cadre Noir of Saumur (1991 - 1999).
  • Former national dressage coach of the Fédération Française d'Equitation (1985-1989)
  • French dressage champion (1979)
  • International Dressage Judge FEI
  • Conducts frequent clinics in the USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland and Italy


Jean d'Orgeix



  • 98 international show-jumping victories, among which  the Roma, Geneva, Brussells, Dublin and  Paris Grand Prix.
  • bronze individual medal at the London Olympic Games (1946).
  • national coach of the French show jumping team in 1976  (gold medal at the Montreal Olympic Games).



Michel Henriquet


For over 40 years, he has dedicated his life to the equestrian art, its history and practice. Author of many books on equestrian art, he has, during 35 years, been the disciple and friend of the great Portuguese master Nuno Oliveira.

Former member of the national dressage comission within the Fédération Française d'Equitation and technical dressage advisor for the Cadre Noir, he has conducted, among other dressage trainings, his wife Catherine (vice-champion and champion of France) to the Barcelona Olympic Games.