June 28, 2014
Hi Lyngle & Robert,
wanted to share about how much we love China up here with all of our kiddos! The
northeast gaited club had a fun show today and we took 8 youth to their first
show ever with China and four of our other horses and everyone had a blast!
China was absolutely amazing and has been a big favorite with our kids due to
her size, smooth gait and extremely well behavior. She did fabulous in obstacle,
youth and model classes with a variety of our beginner students. I wanted to
share this group picture of her with our students! Can't express how
unbelievable she was and how much confidence she gave to our beginner youth
riders- she is an outstanding horse with impeccable training and I wanted to
thank you both for giving us the opportunity to have purchased her!
Hope all is well, I know Terry and Chelsea will be visiting you
guys this week and they are excited to come down!
Sandman and China have also been used in our special needs camps
and have been doing wonderful so thank you again!!
January 18, 2014 (email)
Hello to all the Lawson’s and DeAtley’s!
A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all. Robert and Lyngle, I
don't think I ever truly expressed my appreciation for all the advice and wisdom
you have shared with Bill and I. We love Buddy and he is such a sweet addition
to our family. We have had such a positive experience working with all of you
at Stoner Ridge. Your expertise and honesty were just what we needed while
searching for my forever horse.
But more importantly, sharing your lovely daughter (and son-in-law AND RUBY!)
has been a cherished experience. Erin's patience and knowledge is giving me the
confidence that I so desperately needed to become a better rider. I always look
forward to her lessons and "aha" moments with Buddy!
Bill and I would love for you to come to our farm this spring and do a
workshop. I have looked on you website and see many options. Perhaps Bill and
I can come down for a visit and discuss some ideas with all of you. Once again,
God bless all of you and your kindness.
Carol Marnell and Bill Stewart
PS - See you soon, Erin!
October 20, 2012
Stoner Ridge Farm
I have known you for five
years and worked with you and our horses over that time.
Robert, you always do your very best and produce great results, so
when you decided to team up with Millersburg Saddle Co. to design a
saddle, I was interested. It was no surprise that I was very
pleased with the results. As you know, after trying the
saddle, I purchased three and all three of us love this saddle.
I have purchased eight
saddles in the last five years trying to find one that ft my horse
AND me. For my horse, I wanted lateral stability without over
tightening the cinch and comfort enough to allow him to perform
well. For me, I wanted a comfortable seat, no sore knees, and
close contact with my horse. The Lawson Saddle met these needs
for both my horse and myself.
The quality and unique
design of this saddle is excellent. The workmanship is great
and the leather is both tough and beautiful. What more could
one guy ask? I love this saddle!
The Lawson Trooper is a
great value. To sum it up: I got a good fit for my horse,
comfort for me, beautiful appearance, durability, and a saddle I
love to use. Of all the saddles I own, it is the only one I
use. All this for a reasonable price.
Thank you Robert and
Millersburg Saddle Company
cc: Joan Miller, Millersburg Saddle Company
October 19, 2012
Stoner Ridge Farm
About six months ago we
purchased three of your new Robert Lawson Trooper Saddles.
It's high time we share our experiences and observations.
I had been searching for months for a saddle that was comfortable
for me and for my horse. I previously loved riding with a
dressage saddle, because of the close contact it provided and it's
lighter weight. The problem was, it was making my horses back
I started trying different types of saddles, including treeless,
flex-tree, standard trooper saddles, and anything else I could find.
I found some were fine for her, but would leave my lower back sore,
or were much heavier than what I was used to, or at the very least
left me feeling like I had no contact with my horse.
In all of our searching, my husband had settled on a popular gaited
horse saddle, made by a very good company, and my sister stuck with
the saddle she had been using. I was using and older, gaited
horse saddle that didn't work well for me but seemed to work for my
horse. (Keep in mind, I have a gaited horse for two reasons:
I love the Rocky Mountain horse for their disposition, and I NEED
the gaited horse for my back.) The compromise was that I gave
up the close contact and my comfort for the sake of my horse.
Enter the Robert Lawson Millersburg saddle. At first glance
it looks similar to the traditional trooper, but more sleek.
What I found was an amazingly light (16 lb.) saddle, contact with my
horse that was as good as my dressage saddle, a different contour
that took pressure off my lower back and a very soft cushion seat.
It also seems like the stirrup placement is more advantageous and
comfortable AND my lovely mare loves it. She has never
exhibited any sign of soreness.
My husband tried the slightly larger Robert Lawson saddle, with a
slightly more firm seat, loved it and it is now his favorite!
My sister chose one more like mine, and she has used nothing else
since. It fits each horse like a glove, and their gait is free
and easy. Whether this comes solely from the comfort of the
horse or that, plus the way it sets you on your horse, the result is
Thank you for solving so many issues for me in one truly inspired
June 23, 2012
Robert & Lyngle,
I rode Tessa for the 1st time today and oh my gosh
what an amazing horse she is! We went on a trail that was very hard
lots if hills, descents, rocks, stairs, bridges, narrow and she did
fabulous! I can't believe what an awesome horse I now own thanks to
you both. Thank you for selling her to me and you where right, she
is the perfect horse for me. She is so sweet and loving on the
ground and under saddle what a brave, sure-footed horse! I am one
lucky lady. Thank you so much for holding her for me, letting me
ride her in the state park there and just building my confidence
Sweetie was with us and my mom rode her. She did
amazing as well with no shoes on! I have a farrier appt to get both
their feet done and put front shoes on sweetie but, I was so
impressed with how she navigated up and down rocks, stairs etc.
I now have two incredible horses thanks to you! I
can't thank you enough.
April 21, 2011
THANK YOU for a wonderful day...........
Great job with the horses and the
presentation..........Coming to your farm was very important to put
into motion the classroom discussion from the day before.......Your
contribution to supporting the RMHA made a difference in educating
We have known each other for a long time.......and
your unrelenting support to the breed is special.
I may come over this week to take a couple of photos
for use in the educational program.........I will call before
Again, thanks for the generous use of your
facilities and horses.
Let's Go and Grow®
Wayne G. Hipsley
April 3, 2012
Oh my gosh, I have so much to tell you. I will
start with the news that is probably most exciting to you. Sally
went to the Special Olympics horseshow on Saturday. Her rider was a
young man with Down's syndrome. I took Sally and Majic, my RM
gelding. We had three students with us. Our students won Gold,
Silver and Bronze medals in almost every class they entered. Both
horses were perfect, quiet, gentle, interested in the children that
walked up to see them and perfect when they were in the ring. I had
several people ask me what breed they were, because they were the
most impressive horses there.
The other horses there were all aged. That is the
assumption; the horses have to be about 20 to be quiet and calm
enough to carry special needs students. Then, Sally and Majic enter
with a spring in their step and bright, shiny coats and they
outperform the typical therapy riding horse. They were truly
phenomenal. So were our students.
Tell Robert that his training shows in Sally. She
did such a perfect job on Saturday. Every special needs child she
met she nuzzled. The kids were all taken with her. Thank you so
much. I will send pictures as soon as I receive them from the mom
who took them.
Judi Nelson Swingen, PhD
Chesterfield County Public Schools
and Robert saw me at the very beginning, so you really know what has
happened in these 2 1/2 years! You can see all the ways Pacific
Sundown (now called Shadow) changed Rogerio's and my life for the
better. We didn't get to have children, but we have Shadow, and he
is our "child". We love him so much. In the video you didn't get to
see Rogerio playing his banjo at the barn. He loves to come out and
just chill, walk with Shadow, putz around the barn.
I have loved horses all my life. They have appeared
in my dreams throughout my life. I've ALWAYS wanted one. My only
opportunity to be with them was when I was a child and my family
would go to Yellowstone Park, and I begged to ride a horse. When I
hit 59, I just decided that I had to "go for it", but I wasn't sure
I was physically fit enough to handle a horse. Please remember that
I was in a wheelchair [Kirstin had polio as a child] in 2004 by the
time I retired work from CDC.
The person I visited & stayed with before I came to
you was a woman (Janet) up in Indiana who had studied with Monty
Roberts. She was a friend of a friend. I worked with her for 5 days
(all ground work) just to test my endurance and stength - to see if
I might be able to develop enough to handle a horse [Kirstin walked
with a cane at the time]. I had already been looking for gaited
horses. Originally, I was thinking about an Icelandic horse - small,
good disposition, gaited.
During my research, someone mentioned the Rocky
Mountain breed (which I'd never heard of), so I went on line and
found that everything I read and saw of them attracted me. By the
time I made the trip up to Indiana, I had identified online three
RMH farms I wanted to visit.
Your website attracted me because of Robert's
Foundation First training, and just his style. Even on the website I
felt like he (y'all) were accessible, experienced, straightforward,
yet humble about what you do - not just working a sale. I called
him, told him what my circumstances were, asked if he thought he
could work with me, despite my age and disability. He was just very
welcoming and made me feel comfortable. I came by your farm for the
first time on my way back from my visit with Janet. Robert put me on
Stormy, and I just knew I'd found the breed and the farm where I
would eventually get my horse. So you could definitely say that
Stormy, Robert, Erin and you, Lyngle, changed my life at that
moment. That was in May of 2008. I went home, started saving money
to come for a week of training with y'all, though I didn't imagine
or plan on getting a horse of my own for another year or so.
That week I spent staying with you put everything
into "fast forward", and I'm sooo glad. Robert can tell you that he
called me after I sent him the deposit and asked if I wanted to
"sell" Pacific Sundown to a lady who offered an additional $1000 for
him!! I was sooo grateful to Robert for the way he handled that, and
I'm so grateful I stayed with my choice. I LOVE that horse.
Lyngle, I'm so happy for you in your new venture and
hope you'll let me know how that goes. You are the perfect person to
do this! Know that Robert fostered my interest and confidence in
training, and YOU kindled my LOVE and confidence in feeling like
this all was really possible for me! I'm sure you have done that for
many people. So, please, if you're happy for me, know how grateful I
am for having lucked out and found you and Robert!! If I dared to
dream one more wish it would be to ride with you and Robert one day
out on a trail.
Do keep in touch with how your competition goes. I'd
love to see photos if you get some!
Love to you both,
Can't express enough how much I
appreciate you guys!! Over the last 2 years you all have helped
me live out my dream of being able to connect with horses like
I've always wanted to. Thanks so much for all your patience,
instruction and opportunities to learn and ride!!! Love you
guys!! Looking forward to another great year!!!
Kim Hargis Pitts (facebook post)
November 9, 2011
Stoner Ridge Farm
another successful week with you as instructor and trainer, I
felt compelled to put a few of my thoughts into words. A few
years ago my wife and I decided to explore horse ownership and
the surrounding activities as a new hobby. Of course we soon
learned there was much more to it than finding a horse and
hitting the trail.
introduced to you and your training facility by mutual friends,
we soon found you to be a trainer who would not only work with
our horses, but also provide the riding instruction we were
unable to find in our area.
series of clinics you have been willing to conduct at our barn
we have found invaluable instruction, first for safety in
handling and riding our horses; then during each subsequent
visit you would re-assess both our horse’s performance and our
riding skills, and give us careful, specific and more advanced
instruction for both riders and horses. Because of this unique
one-to-one experience, we have been able to progress from basic
safe riding practices and control of or horses, through the more
refined riding skills that employ the subtle cues from the rider
and more advanced maneuvers for the horses, adding greatly to
the enjoyment of the ride. Each time we completed a clinic we
felt we had made measurable progress, and were left with new
techniques on which to work; new goals to meet.
It is safe to say
that without your help and guidance we would likely not own
horses today. Regardless of the task at hand, we have always
enjoyed and appreciated your professionalism, skill, patience,
kindness and friendship. Thank you again.
Joe and Sandy
A Thank You
We received a lovely card from Janet Dunne
after she purchased a great horse from SRF. The mare was bred,
born, and trained at SRF.
“Dear Mr. Lawson,
I am writing you this letter to thank you
for making, “She’s Got Curves” (now called Tess) the best friend
I could ever hope for. She has been an amazing source of joy
for me, from the moment she arrived! Tess and I have connected
in a wonderful say. We ride six days a week, and enjoy our time
on trail together. She trailers beautifully and is always up
for a road trip or a new adventure. I’m also blessed to be able
to ride bareback a lot. She is not spooky and has a level
My dreams have come true! Tess completes
me, and I thank you again for making this possible. I also
praise God for allowing this miracle to come to pass! God is
Thanks again and God bless you, Janet Dunne
P.S. People see what an amazing horse Tess is
and I have passed your name on to those who showed interest.”