Robert Lawson’s Foundation First Mountain Horse Training™ is a philosophy that has developed during years of experience working with horses.   It is a method of communication that teaches understanding rather than relying on mechanics or fear.  His technique combines the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of horses as they learn to trust and respect humans.  A solid foundation provides the essential support needed for helping horses learn regardless of the breed or discipline. Robert’s Foundation First Mountain Horse Training™ methods have not only produced International and World Grand Champions but many versatile trail horses as well.   Read more>


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Charlie DeAtley, 2015 RMHA Trainer of the Year and SRF’s Silver Sundown 2015 Rea Swan Versatility Award Winner

Congratulations to Charlie DeAtley on being named the RMHA Trainer of the Year at the awards banquet held at Boone Tavern, Berea, KY on December 12th.  Charlie is a dedicated trainer who excels in all disciplines of training – Under Saddle, Western, Conformation, Trail Obstacle, and other versatility events.  As a professional since 1998, Charlie has developed many skills over the years and has had the opportunity to help many horses develop to high levels of accomplishment.  His horses are willing, skilled companions in all venues.  We salute Charlie on his many accomplishments and his 2015 RMHA Trainer of the Year Award.

HBF Furious Revenge  ~  Winner of the 2015 UMH Ace of Spades Super Horse Award


Wow . . . We offer our sincere congratulations to Don & Nancy Copland and HBF Furious Revenge – winner of the 2015 UMH Ace of Spades Super Horse Award.  It was like a dream come true for “Duncan” and his trainer, Charlie DeAtley, to rise to this level.  Never before in the history of the Association has a park performance horse been able to win this prestigious award which requires competing in several different venues.  In order to show the horse’s true versatility, several classes are offered.   Duncan won his Under Saddle Mares/Gelding Park Pleasure Championship class and Adult Equitation.  He was reserve champion in Trail Obstacle, fourth in Western Pleasure, and fifth in Conformation.  We are so proud of all he was able to accomplish in spite of what he had to overcome at birth.  Duncan was born to a mother who didn’t love him.  He had to be removed from her and raised by a nurse mare.  He was down on his pasterns so badly that he had to have tiny shoes glued to his back hooves when he was only a few days old.  Fortunately, Duncan received the best of care from all the folks who loved him enabling him to become the Super Horse he is today.  We congratulate the Copland’s, Charlie, and most of all we congratulate Duncan for his tenacity and all the success he has enjoyed.  Way to go!


Congratulations to the 2015 Rea Swan Versatility Award Winner:  SRF’s Silver Sundown

For the third time, SRF’s Silver Sundown is the winner of the Rea Swan Versatility Award.  How exciting!  We congratulate Steve and Susan Heuslein on this outstanding Stallion’s accomplishments.  Silver has risen to every occasion.  He did a fantastic job in Conformation, Under Saddle, Trail Obstacle, Pole Bending, Bareback, and the Water Glass Class in order to accumulate the highest overall point value.  Silver and his trainer, Charlie DeAtley, make quite a team.  Congratulations guys . . . you were awesome!

Carollynn Tucker Wins the 2015 Ashley Hytry Youth Versatility Award

Congratulation to Carollynn Tucker!  You can see the joy on her face after receiving the Ashley Hytry Award.  Carollynn competed in several venues in order to rise to top honors in the 11 and Under Division in order to be considered for this prestigious award.  She and Gaitway’s Jasmine Joy  were awesome!  They competed in Trail Obstacle, 11 & Under Country Trail Pleasure, 11 & Under Western, Showmanship, Equitation, and Water Glass in order to accumulate the highest number of points.  Congratulations to Carollynn, Jazzy and her owners Steve and Susan Heuslein, and to her trainer Robert Lawson of Stoner Ridge Farm.  Woo Hoo guys . . . super job!

Chapel Tinius and Carollynn Tucker Take Top Honors at the UMH World Show

Congratulations to Chapel and Carollynn!  Their hard work has paid off in a big way!  They were the recipients of the Youth Versatility Awards at the 2015 UMH World Show. Way to go girls!

Woo Hoo!  SRF’s Silver Sundown Wins

Congratulations to Silver for winning the Versatility Award at both the UMH Kentucky State Championship and the Summer Celebration.  What an awesome stallion.  Hat’s off to owners, Steve and Susan Heuslein, and congratulations to Charlie DeAtley in the irons.

Congratulations to HBF Furious Revenge for his Park Pleasure Championship wins at the UMH Spring Premier and at the UMH Fonzie Graham Memorial Horse shows. 

Most everyone knows Duncan's story . . . He was premature and unloved by his mother.  He became a 'foster child' to Cinnamon who would lead him to the barn to drink milk from his bucket. He had to have special attention to help support weak back pasterns AND he was ugly. We thought he wouldn't even live when he was born. Thanks to Glen and Val who nurtured him and to Nancy for providing what he needed to grow and develop. Thanks to Robert who started him and then turned him over to Charlie who has ridden him for the last two years. We never imagined he would grow up to be what he is. Thanks to all who have come to love and care for this awesome horse who belongs to Don and Nancy Copland. Love you Duncan!

Star of the Show!
Gaitway's Jasmine Joy had a fantastic show at the UMH Fonzie Graham Memorial. 

She was truly the little engine that could.  Nine year old Carolynn Tucker rode her to win the 11 & Under CTP Under Saddle, Western, and Trail Obstacle Classes.  Robert was in the irons when she won the CTP Mares/Geldings class.  He and Emily Noland won the Pro/Am.  She placed reserve in Western and Amateur.  Her success led her to win the Adult Versatility Award!  When it came time for the Country Trail Championship, Jazzy was able to strut her stuff one more time winning the class.  All her accumulated points put her in the running for the Breeder's Cup mare competition.  When the judging and tabulations were announced, once again Gaitway's Jasmine Joy was announced as the winner.  What a show!

Congratulations to Jazzy her owners:  Steve and Susan Heuslein, her trainer:

Robert Lawson, and her exhibitors:  Carollynn Tucker, Emily Nolan, and Robert Lawson!  Woo Hoo . . . .

Robert Lawson presented with the UMH Ambassador Award

Congratulations to Robert for being honored for all he has done for the Mountain Horse industry!  On Saturday night of the World Show Grand Championships, Robert was asked to come to center ring with trainers, exhibitors, owners, and spectators.  Little did he realize he would be the focus of the presentation.  Robert was honored for his many years of service [Link to UMH Mountain Horse Ambassador Award 2014], for his dedication, and for all the young trainers who have had the benefit of his influence. Robert is truly honored by this awesome recognition.

SRF Silver Sundown Wins the Rea Swan Versatility Award

For the second time, SRF’s Silver Sundown was the recipient of the Rea Swan Versatility Award at the Rocky Mountain International Show.  With an astounding 48 out of a possible 50 points, Silver was able to claim the title once again.  The Rea Swan Versatility Award is comprised of under saddle, trail obstacle, conformation, western, water glass, and bareback classes.  Charlie DeAtley did an outstanding job riding him to the win in both 2010 and in 2014.  Congratulations to his owners, Steve and Susan Heuslein! What an accomplishment for Silver.

Congratulations to SRF’s Silver Sundown Winner of the UMH Western World Grand Championship

For the fifth time Silver has ridden to victory in Western WGC!  He made an awesome performance.  Ruby, rode with her dad in the victory pass.  Congratulations to Charlie DeAtley in the irons and to his owners, Steve and Susan Heuslein!

Congratulations to World Grand Champion Yearling, Moriah Mae!

In stiff competition, Moriah Mae, yearling filly belonging to Steve and Susan Heuslein rose to top honors winning the Yearling Grand Championship.  She was sired by SRF’s Silver Sundown and out of Sundown Special (who is a daughter of Kilburn’s Chocolate Sundown).  She is as sweet as she is beautiful.  Congratulations Steve and Susan.

SRF’s Silver Sundown wins Kentucky State Breeder’s Cup

Congratulations to SRF’s Silver Sundown for winning the 2014 UMH Breeder’s Cup Stallion award.  The recognition is given to both stallions and mares.  The top five high point recipients during the show are asked to come back for a special Breeder’s Cup class after the championships.  The award is based on 60% of the points accumulated, 30% conformation in the Breeder’s Cup class, and 10% temperament.  Silver did a fantastic job.  Congratulations to his handler, Charlie DeAtley and to his owners Steve and Susan Heuslein, LaCrescent, MN.

Robert and Lyngle Lawson welcome you to Stoner Ridge Farm where breeding, training, and raising outstanding Rocky Mountain, Kentucky Mountain, and Mountain Pleasure horses is a way of life. We provide training services year round for both horse and rider in our indoor arena or through clinics at your location. Robert’s Foundation First Mountain Horse Training TM program establishes fundamental skills that create a true partnership between horse and rider for any chosen discipline from trail riding to competitive equestrian sports.  We also stand several award winning stallions whose progeny possess their sire’s outstanding traits. Crossing these stallions with our mares has produced some outstanding horses that we offer for sale.  Please take time to browse through our web site. Whether you are looking for a special stallion, need training for your horse or yourself, Stoner Ridge Farm has the facility, the knowledge, and the staff to help you reach your goals and make a few new dreams along the way.



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