When he was a little boy, Luke begged his parents for a pony. When he was 10, they bought him Misty, which 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 currently competes in reining and ranch versatility, and specializes in liberty horsemanship. Luke was Reserve Champion in the 2017 All American Quarter Horse Congress Non-Pro Freestyle Reining, and was a Top Three Finalist in the 2018 Congress Open Freestyle Reining.
As a clinician at the Equine Affaire (OH) and the Horse World Expo (PA), Luke presented his Liberty horsemanship techniques with both Rio and Chloe. Luke and Rio also performed in the night shows at both venues; Fantasia (OH and MA) and Theatre Equus as well as the New Jersey State Fair and Horse Show where they entertained the crowds with bridleless reining and liberty horsemanship.
“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, 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, 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.