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Introducing La Cense

The history of La Cense

Home of Gabrielle d'Estrées

In the 16th century, King Henry IV hunting in the forest of Yvelines, accompanied by his favorite Gabrielle d'Estrées stopped one evening exhausted from fatigue at a lumberjack. Seduced by the surroundings, the princely hosts built a residence, La Cense. Between two wars, the king sometimes came to withdraw there with the beautiful Gabrielle.


William kriegel acquires La Cense in 1980 from the industrial designer Raymond loewy. In 1985, he changed the place, creating a quarter horse breeding and professional reining stable. La Cense stands out in competitions, in France and in Europe, thanks to the performances of trainer and rider Lisa Mc Cauley. During 10 years, the quarter horse breeding develops in particular, with the stallion performer Cash Enterprise. The activity ceases in 2009.

the reference in ethological riding

In 2000, William Kriegel was a pioneer, when he devoted the Cense to a new approach to the man-horse relationship: ethological riding. This name brings together horse education techniques, stemming from the American horsemanship practiced by " whisperers ", And scientific knowledge on the behavior of the horse: ethology.

From 2000 to 2002, La Cense developed its teaching activity and opened l'Ecole la Cense, the first professional training center, specializing in ethical riding. Andy Booth takes over the technical direction of Cense and embodies the development of this approach in France.

In 2003, the French Equestrian Federation created Ethological Knowledge and Federal Patents for Ethological Equitation.

La La Cense method, published in 2005, offers a training program for horses and riders, using a progression of exercises. This reference work allows a wide dissemination of the techniques taught at La Cense.

Since 2012, the galloping program of the French Equestrian Federation has incorporated part of its techniques and knowledge in ethology.

At La Cense,
we train men
and horses

It starts with knowing the nature of the horse. The ethology brings us knowledge about the animal, its lifestyles, communication and learning. The nature of the horse is different from ours. This is why it is important to know and understand him in order to improve our relationship with him. Understanding the horse, how it perceives things and how it learns enriches, the practice of horse riding.

The rider is an educator, he addresses the horse's brain and not only his physique. It is important to explain to the horse, not to force it but rather to convince it. The rider must find the means to make him understand and make him adhere to what he asks so that his physique can be expressed.

At Haras de la Cense, the horse is at the heart of our concerns. Our desire is to always know the animal better, to improve its well-being and to teach the rider to speak horse.

It is a magical place where nature and the horse teach man to stay humble and to progress on a daily basis.