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Riding consciously - the impact of the rider on the horse

In Europe’s most beautiful princely Stables, which house the Museum of the Horse, the Domaine de Chantilly is pleased to invite you to the ÉquiÉtudes trade show, an event organized for those who are passionate about horses, amateurs and professionals from the equestrian sector, from Club level to Grand Prix. Talks, meetings with experts and scientists, equestrian demonstrations and exercises you can do at home.


Equestrian Trade Show - Saturday 16 March 2019

Following on from the success of the first edition in 2017, ÉquiÉtudes will be back next March. Scientists and riders from the Domaine de Chantilly’s Equestrian company will give 7 talks beneath the dome of the Great Stables. The day will be punctuated with breaks allowing visitors to discover the show’s 23 stands, installed in the nave and presenting products selected for the well-being of sports horses.

The mission of the trade show is to share the latest scientific research. This year, the focus will be on the rider. Becoming more aware of one’s impact on the horse, in order to ride consciously.

In light of current scientific knowledge, the 2019 ÉquiÉtudes show will propose better information on learning and physical training (training techniques and ergonomic material).


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Programme :

9.00 am - 9.10 am: Introduction – Sophie Bienaimé and Déborah Bardou, “animal well-being” project manager at the French Equestrian Federation
9.10 am – 10.20 am: How does the horse learn? The main principles and their applications on a daily basis - Hélène Roche
11.10 am – 11.30 am: The advantage of scientific measurement - Aude Caussarieu
11.30 am  – 12.30 pm: The effects of the saddle and equipment on performance - Russell Guire
2.00 pm – 2.30 pm: The impact of the rider’s hand on the horse. Demonstration of a tensiometer - Géraldine Vandevenne
2.30 pm – 2.50 pm: Saddle slipping: causes, consequences and solutions - Annette Rancurel
3.15 pm – 5.15 pm: The impact of the rider on the horse’s movements (position, perception and behaviour of the rider) - Demonstration of a movement analysis system and example of application - Russell Guire
5.45 pm – 6.15 pm: Physical preparation of the rider - Agnès Olivier
6.15 pm – 6.30 pm: How to design one’s training programme? - Dialogue between Hélène Roche & Sophie Bienaimé
6.30 pm – 8.00 pm: Q&A session with speakers and exhibitors


Presentation of speakers:


Russell Guire Centaur biomechanics


Russell Guire, founder of Centaur Biomechanics, instructor and competitor, is specialised in biomechanical analysis of the horse and the rider. Both for research and in the field, he uses the most cutting-edge tools to optimise the performance of the horse-rider couple, while maintaining its good health.
He works for the British Equestrian Federation as part of the World Class Programme, focuses on identifying talents, developing potential and maximising British athletes’ performances.


Agnès Olivier

Associate researcher at the CIAMS laboratory in the Department of Sports Science and Technology at Paris South University
Research and Innovation manager – Voltaire & Forestier group

Subjects covered:
•    Physical preparation of the rider
•    Using proprioception for the performance of the "horse-rider" couple


Hélène Roche


With a Master’s degree in Biology and a postgraduate degree in applied ethology, her work concentrates on the popularisation of equine behavioural science.

Hélène will cover:
•    Training theories: How to learn to teach the horse
•    Applying these principles on a daily basis without being afraid of scientific theory - Duration: 40 minutes
•    Designing understandable horse training for sports, leisure or care objectives (discussion: 30 minutes)


Géraldine Vandevenne

An equine dentist and bit, snaffle, bridle and bitless bridle adaptation consultant (bitfitter).

Géraldine will give a talk on:
•    The impact of the rider’s hand on the horse
•    She will also give a demonstration of a tool for measuring rein tension


Annette Rancurel


Saddle adaptation consultant (saddle fitter), co-creator of ÉquiÉtudes, Annette will cover:
•    Saddle slipping: causes, consequences and solutions
•    The contribution of measuring pressure exerted on the horse’s back by the saddle and rider


Aude Caussarieu :


Scientific didactics researcher at the University of Bordeaux and Chairperson of the association for the development of equine sciences, Aude will talk about:
•    The advantage of measurement for greater objectivity in our choices for our horses -  Examples of application



Useful information:

Animals are not allowed in the Great Stables

Venue: beneath the Dome and in the west nave of the Great Stables

Times: 8.30 am – 8 pm

Parking: 5€ for the day

Special pre-sales price until 15 March: Full price: 60€ / Reduced price*: 45€
Ticket purchase in situ on 16 March: Full price: 80€ / Reduced price*: 60€

The ticket gives access to: a visit of the Museum of the Horse, all the talks and the EquiÉtudes trade show.
*3-17 year-olds, students, visitors with a handicap, jobseekers. Proof of status will be requested.

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