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  Riders Letters to SSR

August 18, 2019
I spent 1 week at the Adult Camp at Stepping Stone Ranch. I would highly recommend this camp to anyone. I came as a reluctant beginner and now feel like a more comfortable, confident rider. It was non-stop learning on and off the horse. The instructor gives continuous feedback in an extremely safe environment. I hope they offer some weekend camps, but I will definitely be back next year without hesitation!


June 30, 2019
  Within the last couple of years I have returned to horseback riding. Growing up I never had formal training/lessons. Quickly reliazed I need them. I traveled from Massachusetts to Rhode Island. Attended Stepping Stone Ranch Adult Beginner Camp. Heidi, Owner/Trainer exceeded all of my expectations. It was obvious Heidi wanted to share her wealth of knowledge. She did! The camp was relaxed and fun. As she broke down the steps of horseback riding, care, nutrition and safety. Even explained the horse behavior within a herd. How it relates to our relationship with our own horse. So much more! We we're lucky to have one her daughter speak with us. Shared tips on what to look for if you purchase a horse of your own. Highly recommend Stepping Stone Ranch.
Looking forward to their Beginner-Intermidate Camp.
Heidi, Thank you.


August 7, 2019
   There are many places you can go riding, they pick a horse for you set you up and of you go. Not here !! The owner takes her time, explaining the basic safety rules and makes sure you can actually communicate with your horse to assure a pleasant and safe ride. The trails are breathtaking , you almost don’t feel as though you are still in RI. Peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. I won’t ride anywhere else !! Thank you Stepping Stone Ranch for unforgettable experience!!

Margaret Summer

July, 2018
I spent 1 week at the Adult Camp at Stepping Stone Ranch. I would highly recommend this camp to anyone. I came as a reluctant beginner and now feel like a more comfortable, confident rider. It was non-stop learning on and off the horse. The instructor gives continuous feedback in an extremely safe environment. I hope they offer some weekend camps, but I will definitely be back next year without hesitation!

Tina Marie Torza

November 4th, 2018
Had a wonderful time Saturday at Stepping Stone Ranch. The food was excellent. Want to thank the Waldron family for making my wife and I feel so welcome.

John Falcon Harris

October 16th, 2016
Hi Heidi
Great talking to you this morning. As I mentioned, we all had a great time at the cowboy rendezvous, this was our first time and we stepped out of our comfort zone to try the straight race and survived. Thanks for all of your hard work, I know it takes a village to organize something like this.

Michelle, Sheri and Cathy

September 15th, 2016
Hello just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful experience at Stepping Stone Ranch this past weekend we were so impressed by the kindness and gentle spirit of your staff and clientele. The trails were amazing - wish we had time to explore more - but we will be back next year I am sending off a check for 100.00 as promised to be used for Osage. whatever her fate - she is loved and her best interest is the goal..

Kindest Regards,
Isabelle & Berry Slik Willie ("willie")

July 29th, 2014
Heidi, Brooke, Kara and Darrell,
Thank you all for your hard work. The ACTHA ride was a complete success! The trails were well marked and well groomed...we even got a beautiful view! Bob and I really enjoyed our ride. I am lucky to have such a kind and solid partner in Penny. We met lots of really nice people and can't wait for more! I think the obstacles you choose were perfectly appropriate for a first time. All in all perfect!

Melinda and Bob

July 27th, 2014
Dear Stepping Stone Ranch,
On a recent trip to Stepping Stone Ranch our youth group had the time of their lives!
It was a very hands on experience where our kids learned proper safety, grooming and riding techniques in a very fun, supportive atmosphere.
The staff on the ranch are extremely knowledgeable, dedicated and patient in helping others learn all about horses and riding techniques. Stepping Stone Ranch offers a very unique experience in a very fun and safe setting!

Brian Dunn, Program Coordinator
Westwood YMCA

February 21st, 2014
Hi Stepping Stone,
I had so much fun at your cowboy rendezvous last year, won the poker ride. I'm looking forward to this year's event. It really was an awesome time all the way around. The people, the food, the horse events. Can't wait for the next one.


August 5th, 2013 - Adult Horse Clinic
Thank you for a great adult clinic last week. My horse and I attended with no expectations on what we would learn or accomplish and we came home with a stronger bond and some new skills. As a rider needing to re-build my confidence, I was presented with several opportunities to do so- obstacle course, trail rides and crossing water. You calmly and gently walked me through each challenge, allowing my horse and I to find our way. There was never a wrong answer; sometimes it took longer to find any answer, but we ultimately got there! We look forward to your next adult clinic.


October 12th, 2012 - 2012 Cowboy Rendezvous Feedback
we attended the cowboy rendezvous 2012 and just wanted to say thank you Sooo much we had a wonderful weekend. Your staff was great and helpful. All the trails and rides were amazing. We will definitely be back every year!

Thank you so much Naomi, and Delila

October 12th, 2012 - 2012 Cowboy Rendezvous Feedback
Hi Heidi,
I just wanted to say thank you again for your hospitality this weekend. We all had a great time and look forward to coming to your place again.


October 12th, 2012 - 2012 Cowboy Rendezvous Feedback
Hi Guys!
Just a note of thanks for the absolutely great time at the rendezvous! It rocked! The food, the people, and the music were outstanding. The young woman tending the bar wass pleasure to talk with, and we met a ton of truly nice folks. Can't wait till next year.

Peter & Jane

September 19th, 2012
The Mystic Pony Club wanted to thank you and your trail leaders for a wonderful time last week, we all had a great ride! Too bad the camping part got rained out, maybe next time, thank you for being so understanding about all the emails and changes.

Barbara Kil

August 17th, 2012
Hi Heidi,
I just wanted to send a little note to thank you all for the wonderful experience this morning. My husband and I went for a 1 hour trail ride with Alamo and Gray.. we had such a great time! I was more than a bit nervous since this was my first time, and our guide Lily was so wonderful and patient with me. Everyone made us feel right at home. I cannot say enough good things about our experience this morning, and I've already been telling everyone about it. I was so nervous at first but now I can't wait to go back again! I'm also thinking of possibly taking some lessons as well. Your horses are such beautiful animals, we can't wait to visit with them again.

Thank you so much!
Jill and Dennis Ventetuolo

March 29th, 2012
Thanks so much for having us! I really enjoyed the lecture. It was a good refresher for me, and taught me some things I didn't know. I thought it was run well and hope that it is something you continue in the future. There is a real lack of educational forums like the one Twin Pines offered on Sunday. I liked the informality and clarity of the presentation. I think if you continue to address issues that seem to plague horse owners (colic, nutrition, foot care, pasture management, etc.) it will become a wonderful resource. Can't wait for the next one!

Kind regards,

About the 2011 Cowboy Rendevous
Thank you for your hospitality for the Cowboy Rendezvous. What a great time we had!!
Shannon, JoAnn and Gail

Letter from Local 401, SEIU
After hearing rave reviews from one of our Executive Board members (participates in horse riding at Stepping Stone Ranch) we decided to hold our - Local 401, SEIU's summer outing at your facility. Although the setting differed from what our members have been accustomed to, we all enjoyed the atmosphere and delicious food. It was nice to see how your family worked together to assure every aspect of our function went well.

Thank you for the tour of SSR's grounds and the People Barn - the rustic setting would be perfect for any function. I personally enjoyed my visit with the horses as they're such beautiful animals. You exude your love in what you do and it is definitely displayed in your work.

Kudos to you and your family!

Thank you again on behalf of Local 401, SEIU~

Denise A. Lima, 3rd Vice President
RIESA, Local 401, SEIU

Rhonda Masterson on Camping with their horses May 27-30, 2011
We had a best time with tons of family time at the memorial day weekend camping trip at Stepping Stone!! Thanks Heidi and Darrell.. My boys thought it was awsome!! Extra jinks for the map and the generator issue!!

Maureen wrote in November 2010 about the Harvest Dinner..
Happy Thanksgiving to all and kudos to Heidi and Darrell for our wonderful Thanksgiving celebration! The succotash was to die for! Good food, good friends!


Thank you so much for hosting that drill class last saturday. I had a blast. Even saw my horse licking his lips from time to time because he had to really think about what I was asking. Fun stuff. I hope we made you proud. It's hard teaching people, but I know I was trying with my horse.
Can't wait for the next one.

Leann Rider

What a turnout saturday night!! everyone had a great time! Included us. NICE JOB CONGRATS

Maureen (horse camp)

Hi Heidi & Darrell,

Thank you so much for a great weekend. You two must be exhausted. It was a blast, can't wait until next year. I'm so happy you had such a good turn out of people. Next year we're doing the posse ride. Thanks again. See you Memorial Day weekend!

Donna Aldrich

Hi Heidi,

I had a great time last weekend. lots of people, good for you. lucky was nice to ride, he responded well. I had a good ride and the trail was beautiful. Hope all went well.
Take care,

Nancy Mendes

Howdy ya'll,

I'm Hailley and SSR was the best and most fun thing I have ever done!


I want to go every day for the rest of my life!


Dear Heidi,

I went on an hour and half trail ride through the beautiful trails of your property. My beautiful and comfortable horse, Dakota, was perfect for my semi-beginner, out of the saddle for years, experience. I highly recommend the hour and half trail ride - I could have ridden all day!! I can't wait until I get another chance to come back and ride. Thank you for a perfect ending to my August, 2008 vacation week.

Michele Brouillard

Dear Heidi & Darrell,

We had a great time. Please be sure to give the three Todds my thanks for the loan of the sixgun, so I didn't have to work with a non-firing weapon. Looking forward to shooting it out with them again next year.

And looking forward to next year's Rendezvous. It was fantastic!


Dear Heidi & Darrell,

Thank you again for making our visit to Stepping Stone Ranch such a memoriable and pleasurable trip. Your hospitality was greatly appreciated and thank you for going above and beyond making my friends birthday so special. The delicious dinner you prepared on Saturday was out of this world and made our bellies content for our Sunday trail ride. We enjoyed your stories and you have two delightful daughters.

You have a beautiful farm and I hope you continue with your overnight rides and cowboy roundavue weekends since farms like yours are nonexistant, atleast on the east coast.

We will spread the word to our horsey friends to come and visit Stepping Stone Ranch and I'm still working on trying to get someone to join me this October.

Keep the passion and keep smiling, you have made Stepping Stone Ranch a farm where anyone could come and have a great time!

Happy Trails!

Lori H. Czyz

Stepping Stone Ranch
201 Escoheag Hill Road
West Greenwich, RI 02817
(401) 397-3725

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