Lester Buckley with "Star" at his ranch in Hawaii.
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 over 2000 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.
Lester showing Doc's Smart Lad NCHA PCHA
3000 Novice Cutting Horse Champion. Photograph courtesy of
Judy Spaulding Photography.
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
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
Riding a young Lusitano Stallion in Brazil.
Intrigued with the preciseness and art of the 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. Currently Lester
studies under Dressage and Jumping Masters there in Germany and
has earned his level IV and III Bronze Performance Medals respectively.
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 and Mary currently live in Hawaii where he trains horses, including the offspring of top cutting,reining, working cow horse, dressage and sport jumping sires as well as the offspring of a Kentucky Derby winner. They raise a few select sport horses in Germany. Lester occasionally travels helping people in all disciplines to better understand their horse.
Jumping “Rudy” in Germany.