Lester Buckley grew up in the historic cattle country of North Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Equine Science from Sul Ross State University in Texas, where he was also the “Outstanding Horse Science Student.” While training horses during college he met Ray Hunt, renowned horseman and clinician, and that laid the foundation of all his future horsemanship.
It was the beginning of a life long career in horse training. From untouched mountain horses in the Canadian Rockies to top bred, finished show horses, Lester has trained several thousand horses in his career.
To honor God and show his respect and appreciation for the horse, he became a committed lifelong student of the horse. He has studied and apprenticed under several of the top trainers and clinicians in the world.
Flying back and forth from the King Ranch in Texas to the Parker Ranch in Hawaii, two of the largest working cattle ranches in the world, Lester trained horses for their working cowboys, as well as for competition. He eventually managed a horse herd of over 400 horses in Hawaii.
While living in Hawaii Lester began showing again and won the open cutting championship for the year and finals as well. He went back to live in Texas, training for World Champion, Hall of Fame trainer, Willie Richardson. He then branched off to train and compete on his own winning Reserve World Champion APHA Open Superstakes, an APHA Open Cutting Honor Roll Top Ten Horse, showed NCHA 3000 Novice Cutting Horse Champion as well as BCCHA 10000 Novice Cutting Horse Champion.
Intrigued with the preciseness and art of Classical Horsemanship, Lester decided to study the fine art of Dressage and Sport Jumping. He searched to locate the finest instructors, leading him to travel to Germany where many of our Olympians train. Lester Buckley has ridden with and studied under some of the top Dressage and Jumping masters in Germany for well over a decade now.
In Austria and Germany, teaching groundwork, basic and advanced riding, as well as problem solving within all disciplines, has been the focus when training for the German Equestrian School and private farms.
With broad theoretical knowledge and his varied riding and training experience, he offers a well-rounded understanding of the nature of the horse and it’s training.
In the Winter of 2007 Lester was awarded his International Trainers License in Dressage and Sport Jumping from the German FN. Lester was also an advisor to the Western Dressage Association of America during their founding, and is still actively involved in the growth of their organization.
Lester and Mary now live on their horse farm in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Their horse farm is located just three miles off of I-64 between Louisville and Lexington. They have both indoor and outdoor arenas and lots of room for trail rides along the creeks and woods on their property. They train and raise Sport Horses, Arabians, Thoroughbreds and Ranch horses.