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.
Nola put together a picture series about preparing your horse for Cowboy Mounted Shooting.
Julie Druga-Lamberton is Ro-No’s assistant trainer.
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.
Would you like to schedule a lesson or discuss training for your horse? Send Nola an email using the form below: