Patrice Franchet d’Espèrey – Hoseman of the Cadre Noir of Saumur and Writer

“To find the common good of equations that want the well-being of the horse”.


Coming from the family illustrated by Maréchal Louis Franchet d’Esperey, Patrice Franchet d’Esperey is a former pupil and disciple of René Bacharach, the last great Baucherist rider of the twentieth century, with whom he studied for more than twenty years. riding and the treaties devoted to it for.

“The Right Equestrian Measure”

It is in this spirit that Patrice Franchet d’Espèrey rides an equestrian riding of the French tradition of “second way” bauchériste expression which leads him today in search of a new French riding.

Squire of the Black Frame of Saumur and responsible since 1989 of the Documentation Center of the National School of Riding, he has organized, led symposia and published the proceedings.


Patrice Franchet d’Espèrey declared his retirement rights on August 1, 2013, but he continues to be part of the committee for the monitoring of the inscription on the intangible cultural heritage of humanity of traditional French horsemanship and the committee Horse scientist from the Ministry of Culture.

He is currently preparing the publication of a book following The Master’s Hand. The latter having exhibited his equestrian filiation, this second book will focus on his emancipation on horseback and the development of the new technique he called “New Equestrian French”.

Patrice Franchet d’Espèrey has been teaching elementary and scholarly riding since 1972. From 1987 to 1989, he was Deputy Federal Technical Advisor to Yvonne Theulier for equestrian acrobatics. Head of the French team at the first World Aerobatic Championship held in Bulle in Switzerland in 1986, he was selected individually with the horse “Kilometer III” and the flier Alban Flipo. The book “Leçon de la Longe”, published in 1994 by Maloine editions, gives an account of this experience and the training courses that he animated at that time.

He is a doctor in Education Sciences and his thesis which focused on “the training of the equerry and the history of riding between didactic and initiation”, was published in 2007 by Odile Jacob Editions under the title “La Master’s hand “.



Patrice Franchet d’Esperey was honored with the silver medal of Youth and Sports and made Knight in the National Order of Arts and Letters.