A life long horse lover, Rose Marie, received her Horse Masters from the Pacific Horse Center in Elk Grove, CA in 1976. Returning home from school she married Wes Lawson and founded Oak View Stables. Through the years Rose Marie has served on the boards of the WTHJA, GCHS, Oak Grove Hunt, Longreen Hounds and started the Schooling Show series. Foxhunting, combined training, hunters, jumpers and more recently carriage driving have been added to her list of equine accomplishments. Teaching, training & judging have remained her passion for more then 35 years. Over the years she has had multiple horses & riders achieve local as well as national honors for combined training, hunters & jumpers in AQHA, ApHC, MHJA, MTHJA, WTHJA, USCTA, & the USEF.
Riding practically from birth, Trey began fox hunting when he was eight and has been a whip for Longreen since 1995. Trey began showing hunters when he was seven. Trey & his horse, Maximilian, earned USEF Zone 4 Horse of the Year Awards from 1995 until 2004 for Scout & Radisson, later having greater successes riding Samson’s Secret, Easy Afternoon & Bamas’ Blues. In 2006, having earned his accounting degree from the University of Mississippi, Trey joined his family in the day to day running of the farm. Trey has the patience & instincts to bring along the young rider or horse to their full potential and accepts students of all ages from beginner to advance.
Wes grew up in the horse business. Wes’s father, the late W.G. Lawson Sr., owned and operated Rolling L Ranch & Lawson Park Stables on Old Brownsville Road in the sixties & early seventies. Wes was always busy with the farm chores. Transporting the horses just meant he could use the truck, an added plus since horsepower is his first love. He had no idea it would become a lifelong endeavor. Having lived with the horses virtually in his back yard, Wes is well aware of how important it can be to get your horse somewhere in an emergency. Wes keeps the fleet of trucks & trailers ready to roll at a moment’s notice. Horse transport is available (day & night) to horse shows, events, clinics, fox hunts, and he even does emergency veterinarian trips.
Sue was born and raised in New Jersey before moving to Tennesee in 1992. She started riding at Oak View Stables in 1995 with Rose Marie and later with Trey Lawson. She participated for numerous years in the Oak View Schooling Shows and fox hunted with Longreen Fox Hounds, winning the 2004 year end award for Longreen Senior Rider. Sue combines her love of riding and of working with children into inspiring beginner riders in lessons and camps.
Billy Anderson started riding hunters at the age of 7, and spent his early teens just down the road at Forest Hill Stables, under the direction of Ann Johnson. Billy has been a professional in the horse world since he was 18, riding and training horses, braking young horses, braking harness horses, and teaching others to ride. He even spent 10 years as a polo groom. He worked in the commercial carriage industry for 18 years as a carriage driver, business manager and company owner. In 2002 he received his certification as an equine sports massage therapist, and in 2004 received his certification as an English saddle fitter, both from Animal Dynamics in Reddick, FL. Billy is currently a whipper-in for the Longreen Hunt club and has been an instructor here at Oak View Stables since 2012.
Louise began riding at Camp Merry Acres in Cordova, TN at the age of four. Growing up in those early years, Louise competed on the A circuit across the Southeast and Midwest on her champion Connemara show pony, Oh Orphan’s Dunnette (Sandy). She trained locally with Rocky Walker, Richard Watson, and Jerome Robertson. Louise also trained at Sweet Briar College in Virginia along with her horse, Empress Dancer. She trained with Melanie Smith Taylor under Olympic trainer George Morris and competed on the northeastern circuit. Louise has enjoyed fox hunting with both Oak Grove and Longreen Hunt Clubs and earned her colors through Longreen. She also enjoys carriage driving her miniature horse. Louise has a Master’s degree in Education and has therefore been able to incorporate her love of children and horses into one for the past twelve years. She loves sharing her knowledge and experiences with the children she teaches today.