The International Liberty Horse Association (ILHA) is dedicated to promoting the unique discipline of Liberty training and celebrating Liberty horses, trainers, competitors and fans everywhere.



Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the International Liberty Horse Association (ILHA).

The ILHA is the original and only recognized association for the Liberty discipline. The ILHA was founded to promote the Liberty discipline and celebrate Liberty training, horses, trainers, competitors and fans everywhere. 

The ILHA has organized the discipline of Liberty with an official competition structure, guidelines and rules that promote safety, fun, consistency and creativity for all involved. The ILHA serves as the Official Governing Body for  the Liberty discipline and offers local, national, international, online, specialty and championship Liberty horse shows. The ILHA Judging System is the official format for judging Liberty horsemanship with its combined technical and stylistic elements that reward the highest level of expertise with consideration for connection, degree of difficulty and partnership.

Above all, the ILHA educates and promotes the Liberty discipline through its website, publications, shows, competitions, events and social media platforms.



The purpose of the International Liberty Horse Association is to:

  • Unite all Liberty trainers, fans, enthusiasts, and horses.
  • Offer competitions for all levels and styles of Liberty.
  • Showcase the talents of Liberty competitors, trainers, and horses.
  • Develop and foster interest in the Liberty discipline.
  • Create and host shows and events for Liberty enthusiasts.
  • Protect the integrity of the Liberty discipline through responsible stewardship.




Liberty training is nothing new.

For decades, Liberty methods and techniques have been a practiced by top horsemen and women worldwide, transcending cultures and countries.  From circuses to shows, movies to colt starting, Liberty is renowned for showcasing the extraordinary physical and mental abilities of horses to connect with humans and work without any tack or equipment.

Despite its popularity, there has never been an organized effort to unite Liberty trainers and exhibitors globally, recognize Liberty as its own discipline, or showcase different levels and styles of Liberty training.

Until now.

The International Liberty Horse Association (ILHA) was established to celebrate and advance Liberty as a discipline, creating shows and competitions to bring together all levels of Liberty trainers, competitors, enthusiasts, and horses for the benefit and promotion of this unique and captivating form of horsemanship.


Members are the heart of the ILHA.

Whether you are new to Liberty, a seasoned veteran, an experienced Liberty trainer or just checking it out click the button below to find out how you can get involved, spread the word, share your Liberty story, submit photos or articles, or just let us know how we can serve you better.



Clubs are the cornerstone of the ILHA.

 ILHA Clubs provide a supportive community for Liberty enthusiasts to come together, get to know one another, and develop their skills. With a focus on fostering a welcoming environment and offering engaging events and activities, ILHA Clubs are the perfect place to connect with others who share your passion for Liberty training.

Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, we invite you to join our community and experience the fun and camaraderie that only ILHA Clubs offer.



The ILHA has created an official competitive structure that allows members to showcase their connection with their horse(s) through various on-line and in-person shows.  Learn all about ILHA classes, patterns, levels and divisions by clicking the button below.

Whether you dream of performing with your horse in front of thousands of people or prefer to celebrate your accomplishments from the comfort of the the arena, round pen, or field of your choice - the ILHA offers something for everyone.



The Official Podcast of the International Liberty Horse Association