The organisers of the London International Horse Show have confirmed that liberty artist Ben Atkinson will be taking centre stage in the show’s new London Arena for the 2023 London International Masterclass Series.

The Starting Liberty From Scratch Masterclass will take place on the afternoon of Monday 18 December and will cover everything needed for a horse and rider to get started on this training method.

Ben will start by covering the philosophy, mindset and principles of liberty training, before introducing his horses. Using a combination of more and less experienced horses, he will then discuss the ‘tools in the box’ required to communicate with horses, including basic commands and how to move the horses’ bodies. He will then utilise this to demonstrate ‘send away and recall’ and share how the audience can implement this at home, before finishing with a demo of what a first time at liberty should look like.

About Ben

As horseman who has trained and performed across the world for the past 19 years, Ben has experience across a huge range of disciplines, from showjumping and carriage driving, to cossack trick riding and stunt work in the film industry. However, his passion is liberty, the art of working horses in freedom.

The London International’s new London Arena is a new addition to the Show for 2023. The International Arena (main arena) will host two performances each day of top-level five-star competition, displays and entertainment, while The London Arena will feature inclusive showing classes including the finals of the new London International Showing Series, Royal Kennel Club Dog Agility Semi-Finals for Crufts 2024, a feature auction of British-bred sport horses, and the new London International Masterclass Series.

The event organisers will be announcing more masterclasses over the coming weeks, which will include top names in dressage, driving, eventing and jumping.

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