Julie Druga-Lamberton

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: “Yes, you can!” Her instruction is dressage-based, having the rider use their body to control the four quarters of the horse.

A graduate of Otterbein University’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 Blair’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 University’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.

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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.