RO-NO Ranch, established in 1994, is located on 56 acres of farm land in Waymart, PA, just north of the beautiful Pocono Mountain Region. The ranch is an all breed training and boarding facility, which has established a reputation as one of the top Paso Fino training and breeding facilities in the North East. We stand four Paso Fino stallions, with numerous National and Regional titles between them.
The ranch has an 80' X 150' covered riding arena with 7 stalls, large outdoor riding area, a round pen and gaiting track. We have an 8-stall barn with some private turnout paddocks, and a stone-built 6 stall barn. Group and private turnout is available as well as pasture turnout.
The property itself has both field and forest as well as hills and streams. There are miles and miles of dirt roads that are great for trail riding. The neighboring farm, Macadoo Paso Finos, has additional trails that can be utilized as well.
Nola's equine career spans over 30 years. She began working at a local riding stable in Illinois in her early teens where she took up riding and driving. Later, her interest in horses took her to a cattle farm in Missouri, then out to California. While in California, Nola attended Rawhide Vocational college and took classes in equine and large animal husbandry, barn management, and reining.
In the early 1990's, Nola was offered a position training horses and mules in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. It was during this time that Nola met an Amish horse dentist looking for an apprentice. She spent the next eight months learning the trade. Her adventurous days not behind her yet, in early 1992, Nola spent several months in North Dakota doing horse dentistry then trailered an American Quarter Horse 4,000 miles to Alaska. She spent six months working and exploring Alaska. Finally, she flew back to Pennsylvania, met and married her husband, Rob, and opened her own tack store, The Tack Shack. She continued to train horses, give riding lessons, and perform horse dentistry.
In the mid-1990's, the training and dentistry side of her business grew. She began to travel to different parts of the country doing teeth for various clients and traveled locally to train horses. Nola discovered a mutual interest in Paso Fino horses with neighbor and friend Maribelle MacAlpin. In 2004, Nola expanded her business again and began accepting horses for training at RO-NO Ranch. A covered arena was added in 2007. For the past decade, Nola has qualified and shown a number of Paso Finos at the National Championships, earning multiple National Titles.
Nola performs in demonstrations every year at the Harrisburg Horse Expo, where the Paso Fino breed is showcased to thousands of spectators.
In 2010 she and stallion Calif de Color Sin Par were selected to perform in a series of exhibitions at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky.
Nola is active in the Southern Wayne Trail Riders Association, the Paso Fino Horse Association, Mason-Dixon Paso Fino Horse Association, and Northeast Paso Fino Horse Association, the Cowboy Sports Association and is a director/professional of the Professional Paso Fino Trainers Association. She is a member of the Island Long Riders Mounted Shooting Association, has her own Mounted Shooting group, the RO-NO Rebels, and plans to expand the number of horses at the ranch who are trained in mounted shooting this year.
Robbie is Nola's 17 year old son and he is a chip off the old block! Robbie has been training horses since he was nine and has started numerous homebred Paso Finos. He owns a mule named Jack, and has participated in mounted shooting demonstrations on him. Robbie also has many PFHA shows under his belt , and has shown in youth Pleasure, Performance and Versatility classes. He has won numerous Mason Dixon region sub-junior high point show awards.
Whether you are a seasoned rider or a beginner, there is always something new to learn. Julie Lamberton, riding instructor at RO-NO Ranch understands this well. Julie has ridden and studied the disciplines of English ( both jumping and dressage ) and Western, with a focus on gaited breeds. Always with a positive attitude, she offers an atmosphere for her students to think and be positive with the motto: â€śYes, you can!â€ť Her instruction is dressage-based, having the rider use their body to control the four quarters of the horse.
A graduate of Otterbein Universityâ€™s Equestrian Studies Program, Julie has knowledge in general horse care, equine first aid, equine husbandry, and proper nutrition. She also studied farrier science which taught her how to do bare foot trims, and honed her skills under the tutelage of our farrier.
While in college, Julie started volunteering for the horse rescue Blairâ€™s Sunset Haven in Wakeman, OH, which specializes in the care of blind and/or geriatric horses. She spent seven years working with the horses using what she learned at Otterbein while gaining knowledge from both the people and the animals at the rescue.
Julie learned to ride Western as a child and competed for Otterbein Universityâ€™s Western team in the IHSA. While in college, she was introduced to the disciplines of jumping and dressage. Always the student, she still continues to further her education through instruction from BHSAI trainer/instructor Laverne Pendziwiatr.
In 2010, Julie came to RO-NO Ranch as a working student. In the time that she has been here, Julie has expanded her knowledge of riding Paso Fino horses, having successfully trained numerous show and trail horses. Many of her students compete at Paso Fino breed shows, usually placing within the top 6.
A competitor herself, Julie competes both regionally and locally. Julie shows her Paso Fino, Seabreeze Savaje Vaquero ( Cowboy ), extensively in both Paso Fino and local shows. They performed dressage tests ( en gait ) at both the Northeastern Pennsylvania Horse Association and the Northern Tier Combined Training Association shows. In 2013, they were NPHA Year End Reserve Champion for the adult training level. Julie and Cowboy have competed in a musical freestyle competition with plans for future competitions.
In October 2014, Julie became a CHA ( Certified Horsemanship Association ) Certified riding instructor after participating in a CHA Clinic held at RO-NO Ranch. The purpose of the CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry. This is accomplished by certifying instructors, accrediting equine facilities, producing educational conferences and publishing educational resources such as horsemanship manuals, DVDs, safety video shorts, webinars, a monthly radio show, weekly blog, posters and much more.
For more information, contact us today:
352 Hemlock Rd
Waymart, PA 18472