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Synopsis: Classical Dressage in the French style is characterized by lightness

– The horse is in self-carriage and has self-impulsion

– The reins have a light contact or even a slight loop

Getting Started in Lightness: The French Classical Dressage of Francois Baucher

As Taught by Jean Claude Racinet

Presented by one of his students: Lisa Maxwell.

This film captures the essence of the principles of riding in lightness as taught by Jean Claude Racinet. Whether you simply want the pleasure of a horse who responds to light aids or you aspire to high levels of dressage, Getting Started in Lightness offers practical help for horses of any breed and riders at any level. Designed to be a visual reference for Mr. Racinet’s book Another Horsemanship, the video conveys the “feel” and look of correct work and some of the common problems a student may encounter.


Equine Training





Run Time

95 minutes


Lisa Maxwell (Director)

Director's Statement

The French Classical Dressage
of Francois Baucher as taught
by Jean Claude Racinet and
presented by one of his
students, Lisa Maxwell
This 95 minute video provides
detailed information on the
Classical French dressage
methods used by Francois
Baucher and Jean Racinet

Director's Bio

Lisa Maxwell has been teaching riding for over thirty years.
background in hunters, jumpers and eventing gives depth to
her dressage training.

Her teaching style is thoughtful and considerate, infused with
humor and always guided by a deep love of horses.

She also draws on twenty years of Aikido training to help her
students find a centered position and calm mental attitude.

Her goal is to make this style of riding available to others who
are seeking a lighter less forceful way to ride.

Lisa gives heartfelt thanks to a number of great horsemen and
women including:
• Lou Ragonetti,

• Students of Ray Hunt and Tom and Bill Dorrence,

• Jean-Claude Racinet


EQUUS FIlm Festival - USA - 2014


Official selection

EQUUS Film Festival - USA - 2014

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