Col. Christian Carde Biography

The former director of the French National School, at Saumur, returns for the second time to StarWest. An FEI I judge and founder of ALLEGE-IDEAL, Col. Carde's international organization for promoting classically correct horses (with superb piaffe/passage transitions). He usually rides each horse and works with them from the ground both in hand and with rider mounted.

Dedicated to the teaching of horsemanship, Colonel Christian Carde's first riding experiences were in the discipline of show jumping and eventing. He spent 40 years in the French Army - 26 years at the Cadre Noir in Saumur, where he became "ecuyer en chief" or head trainer. He won the French National Dressage Championship in 1979, was on the French Olympic Team for the Moscow Games and also became an FEI dressage judge. He then took a break from Saumur for four years to be the national trainer of the French National Dressage Team, where he coached Margitt Otto Crepin through the World Championships, Olympics and World Cup Finals.

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