Mikayla and her buckle with Lyndee....Lyndee's biggest fan! Thank you for everything Lyndee we love you soo much!!
I thought I would update you on Hershey. I can't tell you how much I love her. She is the best horse I have ever owned. She is sooooo honest. I know when we go in the arena she is going to do her job. We have been going up and down in the 2D, but finally this past weekend, with 100 girls, we jumped up to the bottom of the 1D. I was so proud of her. Hopefully, it won't be long and we will start hitting the rodeos. I took her to one and she handled it great. She just stood and watched as all the ropers went. She never flinched. At the Southwest Desert Classic in Utah, she was third in the 2D with Dolly Lauteret winning it on Daisy. I still don't have facebook, so I had to e-mail you instead. I can't thank you enough for Hershey. It is hard to get on the other ones after riding her. Let me know how you and your girls are doing.
Dear Mrs. Lyndee Stairs
Thank you so much for donating a barrel racing clinic to my 4-H club. This is my 3rd year barrel racing, and I know I still have a lot to learn. I really enjoyed the day and you gave me a lot of things to try. Also, thank for having James from Nutrina talk to us. I learned a lot of tips to help keep my horse healthy.
PS I had my lesson with Debbue on Thursday, and I did awesome!!
I hope to take some more lessons with you!
Thank you Lyndee!!
You are such an inspiration that it drives me to really strive to be the best I can be. You have taught me so much in just a couple of lessons that I am really looking forward to more from you. I loe you and Lance and I am blessed to have you in my life. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I just wanted to say think you for everything you've done for me lately. Yes I would have given up on Barrel racing if you had'nt found M +Ms for me, and you don't know how much it means to me to have your encouragement and praise. You truely keep me going when I was ready to quit. Thank you again for everything.
Tracey Hardee and M+Ms
November 23, 1993
Thank you for selling me a wonderful horse. Due to a broken foot though, I won't be able to ride Crystal in any rodeos till January. However, because of her good temperment I'm still able to ride her lightly at home. Anyway, I can't wait to get my cast off so I can rodeo! I'll be sure to write to you after the January rodeo to tell you how I did.
Julie Instness and Crystal
Thanks for becoming such a special friend and for helping us out on the barrels and getting us to the finals. We hope to win a buckle someday and make you proud.
Love Debbie and Katie
Hope you both have a very happy New Year. Annie Oakley is one of a kind. I love her.
Love Christy and Brian Tossie
December 12, 1993
I am doing great on Hollywood and Fancy! I think the three of us are funally adjusting to one another. Everything is going great. Times are improving, turns are getting tighter, all in all everything is looking really good! I placed in the barrels at the Mesquite High School rodeo on Hollywood. I hope to come down soon. It looks like it will be around Winter Break, February, before I get a chance. I thought you might like these pictures. When my Mom gets better photos, I will send down an enlarged one or two.
Hope to visit soon,
Just a little note to say thank you so much for your help and time with helping me purchase my future "CHAMPION" "Cash For CDS". I look foreward to making you and Jud proud! I really look forward to forming a relationship with my new girl. You are so patient and wonderful (Lance too)
Thanks again and see you soon!
Melanie and CD
June 15, 2010
Dear Lyndee Stairs
The Knightsen 4-H Horse Group thanks you for your generosity. The Barrel Racing clinic was a very fun one and helped everone that went a great deal. We each learned a lot from your coaching and believe that we are racing better than before. Thank you very much for your time, and the BBQ.
Sincerely, Kelsey Collins
Our Horse Group
March 19, 2010
Lance and Lyndee
Just a short note to say "Thanks" for the encouragement you both give Blair in Barrel Racing and just learning more about all around riding.
As you know she is "Kind of Special" to me and it's fun to be around her and all of you having a good time.
Sent: Fri, Mar 5, 2010
Subject: Re: Toye's turns
You're a wizard! I can't believe how well that worked. I'll try it again in my time onlies tomorrow. Thanks so much, I am back to grinning. But I cursed myself on the bucking, she was full of beans today, bucking (just a little bit) and farting and FLYING after every turn. She does love turning. ;-)
Hope you are doing well and staying safe on the road! our best of luck and wishes are with you all.
I was just so proud of the Bird last night I wanted to tell you. As you know he broke his first 18 at your house and last night he flew into the 17s. 17.803! Just wanted to share that and let you know again how much I appreciate your help! He got 2nd in the 3D. Only 21 girls but we dont care.
Just trying to improve within ourselves.
I am learning alot by seeing pics and videos. I changed him into a flat snaffle short shank a couple days ago as I saw how hard I am on his mouth at the barrel. Im concentrating on my fences and trying to remind myself with him to check him up going in, sit down, grab horn, give him his head and he does the rest.
THANKS FOR GIVING HIM THE BEST START!
You're both forever appreciated!
Thank you for all your hardwork with Taz. I'm very excited to get him home and go on with him. I will keep in Touch.
Dear Lance and Lyndee
Thank you so very much for the career opportunity of a lifetime with Pondalita Freckles, now Betty. Betty and I are going to make Stairs Ranch proud.
Enclosed is a big bad Cab, that is kinda bold for just sippin, but goes great with red meat. Also my favorite Tequila excellent for Margaritas, or anytime.
I ran the mare today after I have been practicing her to the right barrel. She went just fine and we actually had a much better run (knocked about 1.5 seconds off my previous time). She did not seem sore after like she did when I ran the left barrel first. I ran 2 hands to the first barrel but not to the second and third but she turn good. I found that spot on the ground and that works great for me too. Finding that spot was what I was failing to do before, amazing what that does when you are looking where you want to go. Thanks for the help-now I just have to speed up some more and trust her.
Have a great rest of the summer.
Aug 2, 2009
congratulations on an awesome job at the finals. That's so cool that you won the trailer. It's nice to have a little trailer at times instead of hauling those big living quarters around everywhere. I entered Wine country classic this last weekend. Rosies first bigger show. Ran 3 days and she did awesome. Consistent 19.3, 19.4, 19.5 We ended up winning $475 in 2 of the 3 races. I could not of been happier. I am keeping her calm and letting her take it all in before adding anymore speed. She was really hot when I first got her, so taking her slow becsuse I would rather take it slow now and end up with a nicer horse in the long run. It is amazing how much more comforatble she has become just in a few shows. She use to spook at her own shadow. LOL anyway take care, thanks again for doing such an awesome job with Rosie, I had some really nice comments on her last weekend.
Tammie & Rosie
July 7, 2009
I've been meaning to email you for a while and give you an update on Rosie. You did a fantastic job with her!!! Once I got the feel of riding her, we are doing really well together. She is a nice mare. I did end up putting her in a myler mullen bit. I was getting too much swing with the hack and loosing the snap. She really likes it, doesn't collapse on her tongue. I can't wait till next year once she has been seasoned a bit. She is 100% better already with just going to a few different places. I have told several people how impressed I was with the job you did with her. You are so fair with your prices and you moved her along quickly without making her hot. I really feel like I got my moneys worth. I thank you so much. I have only gone to 3 races bacause of May being crazy with daughter graduating. I got so many compliments on her. Were not in the money yet but I have a nice pretty pattern being run. Which is more important to me at this time. Speed will come. We clocked in the 4D without asking much of her. Thanks again, I may see you in Ceres, haven't decided if I'm going. Kind of expensive to use that race to season her. I may enter Friday and see where I end up then decide on the rest of the weekend. If I don't see you good luck, win big.
Tammie Butler & Rosie
JUNE 11, 2009
I just bought a horse you started he is great. I actually bought from a sale in Billings, MT for a friend but after riding him I just loved his style. His name is Ace is high tech. He is a bay 11 yr old gelding. I'm in WI and the horse will be living in MO. Just want to touch base with you and tell you how much I like your training. I would love to send you some horses but I didn't know you were in CA. Thanks for doing such a nice job. I would love to have you do a clinic here sometime.
Lyndee, Congratulations on being the 1997 NBHA Director of the Year. We're very proud of you all and the work you do. I know first hand that "thank you" can't begin to cover it. Thanks very much, Debi
The following is a 7th grade school project from one of my students Megan Letson
Hi. Today I'm going to tell you about a wonderful person named, Lyndee Stairs. In my opinion she is one of the best barrel racers in the nation., Since 1990 she has been in the top ten in total winnings on the West Coast Futurity Circuit. She gives barrel racing clinics al over California and has even gone to Hawaii to share her knowledge. There is no doubt she is good. I wish I could be as good and be like her one day. I believe she is helpful, dediated, and caring.
Lyndee is a great friend of mine and is very dedicated to her work. She has a beautiful ranch west of Hanford where she raises and trains barrel horses. She makes sure that all the horses are fed and exercised every day. In rain or shine she rides the horses unless she thinks it might hurt them. When she commits to something she makes sure and does it no matter what.
Lyndee is a very caring person. She is concerned about her students safety. She is also concerned about the horses' safety. She will not allow anyone to abuse a horse around her. I think Lyndee is a very caring person.
Lyndee has helped many people to learn to barrel race properly and helps experienced barrel racers with particular problems. In one instance, my barrel horse Cowboy would turn before I got to the barrel. Lyndee told me not to turn the barrels when I was practicing but, to ride past them and turn to the fence. In addition, this solved my problem. I think Lyndee enjoys helping people.
In 2001, Lyndee won first in the International Pro Rodeo Association, West Coast, barrel racing. She is a very dedicated, caring and helpful person. She loves horses and dogs. As you can see Lyndee is a very talented person
You are the first trainer I have ever sent a horse to and I am so pleased with how things went. You took great care of my hore. I never once had to worry about her.
I, of course, am so glad that she is home now. I learned a lot from you, in just the short amount of time that we actually spent together. I can't wait until Candy and I start winning some money!
Thanks for everything.
Sincerely, Gretchen Kenny and Bar J Cactus Candy
I would just like to say thanks for everything, I had fun. Tell Stephanie I got her some sandals, so when I go back she doesn't h ave to steal mine. So anyhow, I will let you go.
Later with love
Tracy and I just want to thank you for all you did for us. Tracy really enjoyed harself and learned alot. We hope to see you again. You are one of the few to open your home and heart to young girls that really benifet from it. Not just in what they learn but, by your example.
Thank you again
Dear Lance and Lyndee,
Thank you for taking care of and tunning on my nag. Truth be told, I owe you both so much I don't think there is enough room on this card to thank you for everything. You all have been such wonderful friends. I have enjoyed learning from both of you.
With much adoration and respect.
On the loss of Babette Firewater
Just wanted to let you know how sorry I am about Babette. I didn't know you had lost her until I read it in the RSN yesterday. She was a great mare with a great heart. I loved to watch her make a run with that georgeous, dramatic mane flying in the wind. She surely went too soon, before her time. I am very sorry for your loss and believe that you, more than anyone else, know how great that loss is.
Lyndee and Lance
When we love and respect them so much for all they have done for us and with us it is hard to lose them. I am certain Babette had a great life with you and at your ranch, and that her legacy lives on there. She was as lucky to have you as you were to have her!
Kari and Qupie
You are the greatest" Thank you for the hospitality and the encouragment. You are a great example for someone like Taryn. You run your business, build you home life, and are loved and respected by people of all ages. There is not much more than that. We can't aspire for more.
Thank you for all you have done for Taryn and our family.
Mark and Melody Sheldon
Thank you so much for all your hard work on my horse. Also, for all the help you've given to Heather. I know he will take her to the next level she needs to be at. Thanks for being there for both of us with your kind words.Thank you, Amy
September 29, 2008
I just wanted to send a note to say thank you. I truly appreciate you helping me find a horse. I am so excited to have purchased my first Stairs Ranch Barrel Horse! This is like a dream come true for me. I can't wait to come to Arizona this winter and ride with you and take my new horse to some races!
I just wanted to give you an update on Candy. She is doing so great! She is leading the points in the 2D novice category here at home!! Yeah!! At the last race, she was only 1/2 second behind my gelding, who is a solid 1D/2D horse. That was so exciting. I really love running her on the barrels. She is so comfortable with her transitions and so on the spot with her turns!
Also, she is doing extremley well with our horsemanship stuff too. The state finals are next week. I will let you know how that goes!
She also had to fill in on my drill team for a few weeks while my other horse dealt with a calcaneal bursitis.
Lastly, she did a trail trial yesterday and didn't blink an eye at anything.
I am trying so hard to make her well rounded and it sure seems to be working.
Thank you so much for all that you did for her! And me too...
Talk to you soon!
Lyndee and Lance,
I just wanted to thank you for you're help at the clinic! I think it will really help me and my horse! Thank you Lyndee for letting me buy that bit from you and Lance for filing down my horses cracked hoof! The clinic was very helpful so thank you for putting it on!! I was wondering where I could sign up for the Pac West barrel racing because I forgot to do that before I left! Anyway's thanks again and talk to you soon!
This is a Thank you that is long over-due. I never realized the sacrifice you made on each and every weekend you had to spare of my childhood. You were at the time a teenage girl with a life all of your own and ye t you took the time to take a horse crazy kid riding the ranch!' I couldn't wait for you to show up ..and each and every weekend you did. I really didn't appreciate it then, but as an adult with children of my own I do now! I just happened to be watching RFD tv last week end and heard a familiar voice on the speaker...it was you. I stopped what I was doing and there you were on the television. Really glad to see your still living the Dream! I am so very proud to have you as a part of my childhood. Anyone would be crazy not to want to tap into the experience and the natural talent you have with horses. You can't put a price on quality and integrity and you have always had the total package. The industry is lucky to have you.
Beth (Covey) Whitaker
"I first met Lyndee in
2000, when I brought her my first barrel horse to clean up.
I was extremely happy with the progress that she made with
my mare, and the potential that she brought out in her that
I could never have found. Six years later . . . I am still
sold on Lyndee's training methods and her honest feedback.
If you are looking for a quality barrel horse then you must
give Lyndee a try. Lyndee will watch you ride, observe your
style and skill level, and call you when she finds a horse
that she thinks will fit you. I have had Lyndee train two of
my barrel horses and she found me the perfect barrel horse
for my latest project. I have also attended Lyndee's clinics
and she is great at taking the time to focus on you, not
just push the attendees through the barrels and call it a
day. Did I mention that her arena is fabulous? Thanks Lyndee
for being a tremendous help to me, either by training,
selling or teaching!!"
Dear Mrs. Stairs,
Thank you for training my horse. It is very thoughtful of you. I really love Trooper. I hope one day I can barrel race as fast as you.
Thank you Mrs. Stairs
I just wanted to drop a letter to say thank you so very much forcoming all this way You both have helped us all......expecially me. Thank you again. Hope all is well.
P.S. Lance you will have to drag Lyndee up again and go fishing. Fish On
Thanks so much for sharing with me your talents and your friendship. It's been a wonderfull week.
P.S. Please let me know whenever you head south-San Diego or east-Texas
I have not stopped talking about you, my wonderful trip, Okie, Krikitt, etc. etc. Thank you, Thank you.!! I am so thankful for the opportunty to come down to your place and buy a horse. I'm counting the days till she tet's here.
Well I just loved your place. It is so perfect with the canal, grape orchards and all the fields. I could get used to that place prety easy. I really liked Hanford. Well I could go on and on. I enjoyed myself so much. Thanks for all your help. You are just an awesome lady, loved your niece , and Lance was nice. I just might come back next year. I may send Okie back down and come out for a couple of races.
You have a wonderful summer. I wish you tons of sucess with your horses, be safe and may God Bless all you do and have
I just wanted to say Thank you so much for all you have done. I am so greatful to have meet you both. Thanks for all your hard work.
Thank you so much for all of your expertiese. I am looking foreward to (along with mom) barrel racing Utah this year. our friendship nd guidance will be treasured foreer. See you along the "Rodeo Trail".
There are two old sayings that come to mind when I think of you and your work. "There's no labor like a labor of love"
and "You're never bigger than when you reach down to help someone smaller"
You are very lucky in that you have the opportunity to live a life where you can do and succeed in a lifestyle that let's you do both.
I want you to know how much we appreciate your time, help and advise. We wish you all the best.