Episode 257: Liberty Festival, reining, and bridleless riding

In this episode, Stacy shares insights from her recent experiences at two horse shows in Kentucky and answers a listener’s question regarding preparing for a Freestyle reining class and showing bridleless.

She attended a NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) show in Frankfort and the Liberty Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park, which was organized by the International Liberty Horse Association. Stacy observed that both experiences had similarities, emphasizing the importance of accuracy, exposure to different environments, and connecting with like-minded people.

For the listener interested in Freestyle reining, Stacy recommends starting by participating in ILHA home shows and joining a local club. She advises practicing both reining and walk and trot transitions, emphasizing the transition to bridleless riding in various settings.

Stacy offers valuable advice for transitioning to bridleless showing, suggesting that riders can commit to not using reins in regular shows to practice. Additionally, she encourages creating a local club to host liberty shows and facilitate an environment for training.

Stacy’s podcast provides a wealth of information and personal experiences to help horse enthusiasts understand, enjoy, and successfully train their horses while sharing insights from her own journey in the world of horse shows.

International Liberty Horse Association (ILHA)-click here

Podcast: Life at Liberty (click here)


  1. Joanne on October 18, 2023 at 7:28 am

    I went to the Liberty Festival too for the first time as a spectator! Such a great event!! I am so excited to start showing online next year. It would be amazing to see you showing or performing at an ILHA event!!!

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