Staff

 
 


The professional staff at Stoner Ridge Farm provides training for horses and educational services for people year round. Whether horses are brought in for training or chosen from their selectively bred herd, their trainers will work to bring every horse and every person to the highest level of success possible.  Lessons and clinics are conducted to teach horsemanship skills at all levels.  They take pride in the day to day accomplishments of their horses  and their students.  The dedicated staff works year round regardless of weather conditions, in order to make sure that horses receive the very best of care. This group of talented trainers brings with them many years of success and accomplishment including International and World Grand Championships for the horses under their direction as well as for their accomplished juvenile and amateur riders. 

Robert Lawson, Owner/Head Trainer

     

Robert Lawson has been involved with gaited horses most of his life. As a youngster, he rode over the hills of Eastern Kentucky long before there were any Mountain Horse breeds.  He got away from horses as a young adult when he worked for an architectural pre-cast firm. 

 

It wasn’t until Robert acquired a horse for his daughters that he discovered his true talent where horses are concerned. He began starting his own stock and it wasn’t long until other folks saw what a knack he had for training.  That has been nearly 30 years ago.  During that time, Robert has developed his own unique style of training horses and instructing people.  His Foundation First Mountain Horse Training TM methods have not only produced International and World Grand Champions in conformation and under saddle classes but many versatile trail companions as well. 

 

Riders from Stoner Ridge Farm, under Robert’s direction, have won the Ashley Hytry Award, the UMH Jr. Robinson Super Horse Award, the RMH Rea Swan Versatility Award, and the Sam Tuttle Memorial Award multiple times.  Robert has received many High Point awards and Grand Championship honors in under saddle, western, and conformation classes himself.  He has been the recipient of the KMSHA James Powell Trainer Award and the UMH Volunteer award as well. Stoner Ridge Farm is not only fortunate to have his training expertise with horses but to have benefit of his ability to educate people, which can be seen in all the skilled riders from Stoner Ridge Farm.

 


 

Lyngle Lawson, Owner/Secretary

   
     

Lyngle has always loved horses from the time she was a little girl riding her grandpa’s pony, Mable.  She got away from horses for a while when her children were very young and she was going to college.  She, like Robert, rediscovered that love when they got a couple of horses for their girls to ride. 

It wasn’t long before she and Robert were riding with the Rocky Mountain Drill Team and they were showing horses themselves.  Lyngle has become an accomplished rider winning the Non-Pro World Grand Championship on RRF Gold Nugget in 2008 – the first World Grand Championship class held at the Kentucky Equestrian Center. 

Recently, Lyngle retired from her elementary school teaching career in Winchester.  She is now able to help more at the farm working with the horses she loves. 


     

Charlie DeAtley, Trainer

   
     

Charlie came to Stoner Ridge Farm as a 16 year-old high school junior looking for a part-time job. For two years, Charlie was Robert's right hand man when it came to working on the farm. When Charlie graduated, he needed more hours, but he didn't know anything about training horses or riding for that matter. Robert assured Charlie that he could teach him what he needed to know, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Charlie's patience and work ethic have served him well. By the end of his first full show season, Charlie rode to win the UMH Reserve Trail Pleasure Grand Championship. Since that time Charlie has ridden to win many UMH, KMSHA, RMH, and Mountain Pleasure Championships and High Point Awards.  He won the UMH Classic Pleasure World Grand Championship with Merry Go Blue in 2006.  Then in 2007 he was awarded the RMH Rea Swan Versatility Award with Storm Warning's Thunder.  That same year, Charlie felt especially honored to win the UMH 3-4 Year Old Open Park World Grand Championship with Robert’s Rockin’ Rosey. He continued the winning tradition in 2008 obtaining the High Point Award for combined dressage, stadium obstacle, and cross country at the Three Phase Event.  In 2010 Charlie was also the Rea Swan Award winner with SRF’s Silver Sundown.  He is also a three time Sam Tuttle Memorial Award winning trainer with RRF Gold Nugget in 2009 and 2016.  He also won with Branson Blue in 2011.   Charlie is a two time RMHA Trainer of the Year award recipient taking home this honor in both 2015 and 2016.

In 2015, Charlie rode SRF’s Silver Sundown to win the UMH Western World Grand Championship for the third year in a row and was awarded this honor with a unanimous first place decision from all three judges. This winning team rose to the top of the RMH and KMSHA Open Western Grand Championships. Charlie has developed great skill in the round pen starting young horses.  While the winning record that Charlie has established is phenomenal, his training skill is unsurpassed. He’s one of the best when it comes to teaching a horse to be responsive and respectful.  In February of 2012, Charlie accepted a full-time position with the Kentucky State Transportation Department but he continues to work here at SRF in the evenings and on weekends.  We are proud to have him on staff at Stoner Ridge Farm.

 


Mary Kelley Tucker

     

Mary Kelley started riding horses when she was 8 years old.  She started with a quarter horse mare and took lessons.  After talking with family friends who owned gaited horses, she transitioned over to the mountain horses.  During her last year in 11 and under, she put her trail horse, Star of Change,  in training at Stoner Ridge Farm with Erin.  She was Robert’s first “lesson kid” and they were a successful team.  She achieved the 11 and Under Trail Pleasure High Point in both UMH and KMSHA that year.  It was a fun year and many friendships were formed.  Mary Kelley became an avid trail rider, so she later started training and riding her horses on her own and competed in the Juvenile and AOT circuits with much hard earned success.  She also teamed up with Robert and Charlie in Mentor and Me and Pro/Am Classes later, with continued success in the ring.  She won International and High Point Championships with a classic pleasure horse her family purchased as a yearling from SRF, Firestorm (“aka Charlie”), as well as other horses.  Mary Kelley won the RMH International AOT Show Pleasure Grand Championship with SRF Firestorm in 2011.   Mary Kelley has earned high point and grand championship honors in all three mountain horse circuits, as well as 4-H.  In 2010, she was the youngest member on the RMHA Drill Team that performed at the World Equestrian Games.  She also founded the Clark County 4-H Drill Team in 2008 and was the captain for four years, leading them to fourth place honors at the state competition.

Mary Kelley was recently graduated from Murray State University with her MBA.  She has always enjoyed her many friends at SRF and has returned to ride and help manage SRF.  We are thrilled to have her.


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