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 five Paso Fino stallions, with numerous National and Regional titles between them.
The ranch has an 80' X 150' covered riding arena, 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 5 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 25 years. She began working at a local riding stable in Illinois in her early teens where she took up riding. Later, her interest in horses took her to a 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 four years, Nola has qualified and shown a number of Paso Finos at the National Championships in Georgia, 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.She is a member of the Island Long Riders Mounted Shooting Association and plans to expand the number of horses at the ranch who are trained in mounted shooting this year
Robbie Haupert-Keill Robbie is Nola's 13 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.
Rachel Fitzmorris Rachel Fitzmorris, a native of Cornwall, England, is a full-time instructor and trainer at RO-NO Ranch. She is accomplished in her profession receiving the prestigious British Horse Society Assistant Instructor (BHSAI) certification in 2001. BHSAI is recognized around the world for its rigorous series of riding and teaching exams in England. The qualification ensures the recipient can:
Teach all levels and disciplines of riding;
Ride well enough to improve a client's horse including jumping courses at 3'3"; and
Perform veterinary tasks, manage a barn and pass a road safety and CPR exam.
Rachel's pursuit of BHSAI certification included one year of study and teacher training at Foxes Riding Center in Cheshire, England. While there she taught Riding for the Disabled which was both challenging and rewarding for her. Rachel then spent another year teaching and riding at Cedar Crest Farm (a BHS Equestrian Center) in Duchess County, New York. Rachel's philosophy is "to treat each rider and horse as individuals...to assess their goals and help them achieve them." She has a friendly, fun, and professional approach to horses and teaching.
Rachel has owned, ridden, and competed horses all her life. Currently, she is training her own three-year old Quarter Horse filly and she rides and competes in dressage and hunter/jumpers on Nola's talented Appaloosa gelding, Rusty.
Erin Dunlap. Erin has been working at RO-NO for four years. She is an essential part of the team, not only helping with the daily running of the barn, but actively training horses as well. She is "pony sized", and is often the first one up on young Pasos or ponies!! Erin owns DJ, a homebred "Pasoloosa" with a lot of talent both on the trail and over fences.
Julie Druga. Julie has been with us for almost a year. She came as a working student from her home state of Ohio where she had been working with rescue horses. A graduate of Otterbein University in 2006, Julie recently took and passes her British Horse Society Stage One Exam. Julie helps with the daily care of the horses and helps train both Pasos and non-gaited horses at the ranch. She owns Mambo, a rescued Thoroughbred who she is training in dressage, and Seabreeze's Savage Vaquero (Cowboy) a lovely grey Paso Fino gelding who she will be showing this year.
For more information, contact us today:
352 Hemlock Rd
Waymart, PA 18472