Putting a horse “in balance on light aids” is Élisabeth de Corbigny’s definition of ethological riding.

Designer by training, Élisabeth de Corbigny lives in Paris, away from horses until she is 35 years old.

In 1991, she moved to Ariège, mounted her Quarter Horse breeding, educated and debuted her first foals, and did several courses in the United States to learn Western Riding; between 1993 and 2000, she trained horses and won several competitions in Western riding.

Discovery of ethological riding

It was only in 1996 that she discovered, by chance, in a salon, in the United States, the “new American methods of education and training.” Between 96 and 98, she begins successively with the method of Monty Roberts, then with that of Pat Parelli …
It was not until 1998 that she made her first “clinic” at John Lyons, and from then on, she invested herself “in depth” in this new sector that she “imports” and adapts in France. , by creating the “ethological riding”, which will be taken over and developed by the French Riding Federation with many operators.

She travels the world, to share her passion

Élisabeth de Corbigny is eager to learn: she multiplies internships at John Lyons and above all, she works relentlessly horses of all races and all disciplines, on all types of difficulties, ground or mounted … Very quickly, his fame grows , and she begins to travel around France, Europe and the world, to share her passion. Its concept is modeled on that of Lyons: improvise in front of the public a “duet” with a horse she does not know, by indulging “naked” in an authenticity that does not deceive.

Scientific ethology

The development of scientific ethology also allows him to find new answers, and constantly feeds his research and observation to horses.
In 2004, Elisabeth de Corbigny brought John Lyons to France for the first time. From this date, she decided to gradually evolve her practice towards high-level competition: she cultivates on classical riding, trains herself with many riders, coaches and international judges, and creates permanent new strategies to adapt better and better to each horse that is unique.

Elizabeth de Corbigny still considers herself “in apprenticeship”

She recycles herself constantly to change her technique. Like her teacher, John lyons, she does not hesitate to enrich her teaching by “compiling” other authors, other styles, other techniques, other pedagogies, from horizons and very diverse cultures … Its objective is to maintain around it a permanent dynamic of “RESEARCH” around the horse and horse riding. This gives its “methodology” an originality and above all an adaptability that keeps finding new answers.

It is the result of all this experience that allows him, each year, to train new students, who in turn, develop and transmit this new approach to the horse.