WarHorses for Heroes
In 2015, Oak View Stables became the host facility of the non-profit organization WarHorses for Heroes. Trey Lawson and his best friend, Pearson Allen, founded the organization in order to help our local veterans returning from service. They saw how much the horses and the farm atmosphere helped one of their friends deal with the stresses of returning to civilian life and decided to share this opportunity with the Memphis community. So, WarHorses for Heroes was established, and since December 2015, almost 200 veterans have participated in equine therapy sessions through this program. Trey Lawson and Oak View Stables are honored to be able to give back to our veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.
Mid-South Side Saddle Association
Oak View Stables is host to the Mid-South Side Saddle Association, an organization for those interested in learning more about riding astride and about the history of side saddle. It was founded in 2017 by Billy and Pam Anderson, Dottie and Kayla Benson, Brooke Ballinger, and Laura Lawson. They travel to local schooling and rated horse shows to compete side saddle. They have also taught many of our horses to go aside. We are so excited that they are willing to use many of our school horses in their club. For more information or to get involved, visit them on facebook.
Many Oak View Stables riders are also members of the Longreen Foxhounds. During the chilly winter months, we travel to private farms and fields nestled in the Mississippi delta to ride together on fox-hunts. Fox-hunting is a time-honored tradition that, today, focuses on the discipline of the horses and the hounds, the camaraderie of the members, and the strategy of the Master of the Hounds and her Whips (staff riders). New riders gain valuable horsemanship skills as they learn to manage their horses in a group in unique surroundings and terrain. More seasoned members can experience the excitement of cross country riding over jumps and through ditches. We often host potluck meals or meet at local restaurants to socialize afterwards, and everyone has a great time riding and playing in another dedicated horse community. Many members also help care for, nurture, and train Longreen’s Penn-Marydel Hounds.
Don’t worry, our intention is never to harm the fox or coyote, only to glimpse him in his native habitat as he eludes the horses and hounds.
If you’re interested in joining us on a hunt, contact Trey Lawson at 901-409-8954.