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.

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!

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.

SRF’s Silver Sundown wins the RMH International Western Grand Championship for the third year straight with Charlie DeAtley in the irons.  Congratulations to Steve and Susan Heuslein owners. 

Silver has an outstanding pedigree and a phenomenal temperament to go with his good looks.  Silver will be standing at SRF again next year. Book your mares to one of the best in the breed! Call Robert 859.749.3008.

Robert and Lyngle Lawson welcome you to Stoner Ridge Farm where breeding, training, and raising outstanding Rocky Mountain 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.



Blue Note Jazz  - Congratulations to Blue Note Jazz who is the 2012 Kentucky State High Point winner in the American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) with Lisa Sidwell in the irons. “Jazz” is by Merry Go Blue and is owned by Dianne Gotschall, Chagrin, OH.  Jazz is by WGC Merry Go Blue.  Congratulations to this outstanding team!

Congratulations to Branson Blue, the 2011 RMH Sam Tuttle Memorial Award winner at the Rocky Mountain International. Points accumulated from Trail Obstacle, Conformation Age Division, Conformation Championship, Conformation Grand Champion and likewise for Under Saddle – Age Division,  Championship and Grand Championship.  With no optional classes, it is one of the toughest awards to win.  What an honor for Branson to join RRF Gold Nugget and Legendary Lady who were also trained at Stoner Ridge Farm and have become Sam Tuttle winners.  Congratulations!



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Paris, KY 40361







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