A Brief Biography

A Brief Biography
  • Philippe Karl was born in 1947.
  • In 1968, he left his medical studies to dedicate himself to working with horses.
  • From 1968 to 1971, he studied breeding. First, at the Zootechnical Studies Centre (Centre d´Enseignement Zootechnique) in Rambouillet, and then at the National Stud Haras (National du Pin).
  • He received his national riding instructor certificate in 1971.
  • From 1972 to 1979, he is head of the riding department at the Centre d´Enseignement Zootechnique in Rambouillet. There, he was in charge of various branches of professional training.
  • From 1980 to 1985, he ran his own stables.
  • During all these years, he regularly competed in eventing and show jumping.
  • In 1985, General Pierre Durand appointed him as a member of the national riding school (École Nationale d´Équitation) in Saumur, and he became an Écuyer at the Cadre Noir.
  • Being especially dedicated to the shows of the Cadre Noir, he created two historical presentations at the long reins – both in jumping and High School – and participated in the shows of the Écuyers. For thirteen years, he took part in all the gala shows of the Cadre Noir in France and Europe.
  • In 1998, he left the École Nationale d´Équitation to devote himself to the clinics he gives in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the United States.
  • After two years in Germany, he settled down with his wife Bea Borelle in the Drôme Provençale department in the south of France.
  • Since 2004, he has been especially dedicated to the training of riding instructors at his “School of Légèreté”.