In 1987 some passionate riders decided to venture to create what seemed quite Utopian at that time in Belgium : an Academy purporting to promote and show an Art of Riding issued from a long-standing European tradition.

The Academy tied in with the rules and traditions created as soon as the 16th century by the academies of the Italian renaissance, further refined during the classistic period in the various European Courts and climaxing in France during the 18th century with the School of Versailles and the famous rider La Guérinière.

Famous institutions such as the Spanish School of Vienna, the Royal Andalusian School, the Cadre Noir of Saumur and the Portuguese Riding School are considered by the Academy as its models.

These four prestigious European Academies have accepted to patron the Academy and accept it as a member "International Association of the Art of Riding".