Alizée Froment

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Alizée Froment
Grand Prix rider and trainer
and trainer

Dressage, dressage with a neck rope, work at liberty

“In my eyes dressage is the journey to perfect communication and absolute harmony between horse and rider.”

As a two-year-old Alizée Froment started her equestrian educational journey with Shetland ponies. As a young rider, she discovered dressage and rode successfully in the pony division up to the highest classes. Since 2006 she has been competing internationally up to Grand Prix, her first start in this level being with her incredible stallion, Mistral du Coussoul.

Trust and harmony when riding are the most important factors for the 1987 born horse fanatic. She has become famous for riding the Grand Prix movements with a neck rope instead of a snaffle or double bridle. “when I work with the neck rope I have all the same expectations as with a bit or bridle”. The horse should be in self-carriage with a relaxed and supple back. Controlling a horse doesn’t just come from the rider’s hands and the horse’s mouth but from the seat, the voice, the stomach and back muscles of the rider.

Alizée integrates the neck rope into her every day training with horses of all levels and she shows it is not only a way to strengthen the relationship with the horse but also a way of testing if the dressage training is progressing correctly. The former National Trainer of the French Pony Dressage Team has had many victories and placings in International Grand Prix competitions.

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