An equestrian liberty clinic, presented by Lester Buckley and emceed by Charlie Metzger, was held this past holiday season at Equestrian Lakes in Finchville, KY.

Mr. Buckley, now part of the Equestrian Lakes community, is a former head horse trainer for the King Ranch in Texas and the Parker Ranch of Hawaii. He spent over a decade studying with German riding masters and is licensed as a Sport Horse Trainer by the German FN.

The focus of this clinic was on the insights of Christian principles in working, influencing and living with a better understanding of our horses.

The twelve principles that were covered, using various breeds of horses at liberty, were the importance of respect, understanding the nature of the horse, leadership, time, stewardship, foundation, limits, likemindedness, humility, meekness, trust and temperance.

These were not only demonstrated, but looked into more closely, in terms of what is required from both the equestrian and from the horse to have the best relationship.

A living manger scene was presented by Caroline Maddox with her miniature donkey and a miniature horse. After the clinic, people came by the living manger scene to receive their gifts to start the Christmas season.

Kim Wigginton presented creative Christian artwork during the noon lunch, catered by Elizabeth Rosenburg, along with beautiful music by Amy Kaufman. Elizabeth catered a delicious BBQ luncheon, including coleslaw, potato salad and dessert!

We are grateful for the full house of people both Friday and Saturday and look forward to the next gathering!

More information about Buckley Ranch and Sport Horses can be found here.