LUKE GINGERICH

Luke Gingerich

When he was a young boy, Luke begged his parents for a pony. When he was 10, they bought him Misty, who sparked his lifelong love of horses. Several years later, Luke bought his first quarter horse, Zippy. With her experience in the show pen, she helped him get started showing western pleasure and trail.

 

Luke competes in reining, ranch versatility, and Western dressage, and specializes in teaching and performing liberty horsemanship.  He was Reserve Champion in the 2017 All American Quarter Horse Congress Non-Pro Freestyle Reining, was a Top Three Finalist in the 2018 Congress Open Freestyle Reining, and in 2021 Luke competed brideless in the Congress Open Freestyle Reining, with Chloe, his then 4 year old Quarter Horse mare that he started under saddle without any bridle, reins, or headgear of any kind, as a test of the foundation of liberty work that he had built with her before he began riding her.  He has since continued this approach throughout the entirety of her training, which has earned Chloe much recognition for the high level of connection, understanding, quality, and athleticism she has attained in her work through this untraditional approach. Luke has also presented his bridleless reining and liberty acts with his horses in numerous night show performances at equine expos such as Equine Affaire, Horse World Expo, and Midwest Horse Fair. He currently teaches and performs at private clinics and expos, in addition to offering demos, clinics and lessons, both virtually and at the new Luke Gingerich Horsemanship Training Facility in Plain City, Ohio.

 

“I have been fascinated with liberty work ever since I was a young boy.  I loved the relationship and level of communication that it displays, and how subtle and refined it can become.  Along with teaching liberty horsemanship, I compete in reining, ranch versatility, and also freestyle reining, where I incorporate both bridleless reining and liberty work into my performances. I believe that the finesse, trust, and communication this requires is a great way to test our relationship and showcase what we have built together.   

 

Much of my liberty work is built on the basis that a horse naturally wants to mirror, or be in sync with, other members of the herd.  I channel that desire and natural instinct to read subtle shifts and changes in body language, to be able to create complex maneuvers and behaviors that my horses become capable of doing at liberty with me.  Helping my horses learn how to use themselves correctly in a balanced and athletic way, while working at liberty on the ground, is also very important to me.  The combination of both the mental and emotional connection, combined with the physical body control and muscle memory that this work creates, can then be carried directly over into riding in many other competitive disciplines.”

                                

Tinseltowns Whizard
"Chloe"

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Tinseltowns Whizard, a 2017 AQHA mare by Hollywoods Tinseltown out of Whizards Maggie Mae, joined the team in January 2019. While Luke is looking forward to seeing what Chloe will accomplish in the reining show pen, they are currently developing a solid foundation of liberty work.

She loves people and is extremely sensitive, smart, athletic and has a lot of natural confidence and curiosity. Chloe is already helping Luke with his clinics and performances throughout the country and is showing great potential. 

CJ Rio Zan Bar Gun
"Rio"

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CJ Rio Zan Bar Gun, a 2010 AQHA gelding by CH Zan Par Dee Bar out of CR Docs Fancy Gun.  Rio and Luke have been a team since Rio was just a yearling. Rio has been successful  in reining, ranch versatility, extreme obstacle challenges and is known for his bridleless reining and liberty freestyle performances. 

Rio has a big personality, is very sensitive and quirky, and loves to show off under the spotlight.

"Beautiful! Is there anything this partnership can't do?
High-
level reining, liberty, coaching, and dressage; all done with attention to detail, excellence, and enthusiasm.

'The way you do anything, is the way you do everything'
(Quote by Martha Beck)
is a quote that certainly applies here!

Fun to watch!"


 ~ Andrea M.