Skip to content

Bob Lewis Passes Away



Lexington, Kentucky - Longtime well-known Saddlebred trainer, Bob Lewis, passed away on Saturday, the 11th of September.

The youngest of four siblings, Bob's exposure to Saddlebreds began early on in his life, as his father, Robert H. "Harry" Lewis, operated a public stable. Bob would eventually follow in his father's footsteps in the Saddlebred business. While in high school, he worked afternoons, weekends and summers at the stable, learning how to gait a horse, and also about shoeing, developing good instincts which would serve him well throughout his career.

In February of 1942, Bob was drafted into the Army, and was eventually deployed to Europe to serve his country in World War II. After being badly wounded in action near the German border, he spent a great deal of time at various hospitals, followed by light duty in northeastern France and Germany, before returning home in December of 1945.

His first horse show after the war was at Ft. Worth, Texas, in March of 1946, where he won the Five-Gaited Championship atop a mare named Cimarron Cis. In the summer of 1948, Bob moved his family to Salt Lake City, Utah, and in February of 1950, moved his operation to California.

After winning his first blue ribbon at the age of six, Bob's involvement with horses and ponies spanned more than 85 years. Throughout his career, he trained such horses as CH Monti Scott, CH Great Catherine, CH Stonewall's High Noon, CH Snow Flurry, CH Dare You All, and CH Attache's Foxfire, among others. He also served as a horse show judge, judging such shows as the National Horse Show in New York and the Royal Exposition in Toronto.

In 2008, Bob was honored as a recipient of the American Saddlebred Horse Association's (ASHA) Wing Commander Medal, awarded to individuals for demonstrating outstanding service to ASHA and the breed, and through their dedication, attracting interest in the highest quality show horses of the breed, thereby contributing to advancing the popularity of American Saddlebreds to the public.

There will be a private service for his family. Any additional details will be provided as they become available.

More Stories

  • Obituary - Dr. Ronald A. Hendricks

    Dr. Ronald A. Hendricks, age 66 of Lenoir City, formerly of Clinton, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from complications following a stroke in November. Ronnie had degrees in engineering and dentistry. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Memphis, Memphis State and Cleveland State Community College... Read More
  • Did You Know?

    Our interactive website offers a variety of useful and unique tools for our readers. We aim to help our readers learn to navigate our new website, as well as gain a firm understanding of all the comprehensive features that it offers. Check in weekly with our Did You Know news series, as we show you the ins and outs of www.saddlehorsereport.com. Read More
  • ASHA Announces Partnership with US Equestrian in the new USEF Competition Lite Program

    ASHA is pleased to announce the partnership between United States Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian) and ASHA to offer the new USEF Competition Lite category... Read More
  • Schedule Set For 33rd Annual Wisconsin Limited Breeders Stallion Auction

    The 33rd annual Wisconsin Limited Breeders Stallion Service Auction will be held Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Thunder Bay Restaurant in Milwaukee Wisc. The event begins at 11:00 AM with a buffet brunch followed by the annual meeting at 12:30 PM. The live stallion service auction will begin at 1:00 PM, featuring the nation's top producing stallions... Read More
  • Beamer Helps Rescue Horses from Lilac Fire

    Barbara Beamer joined scores of neighbors, friends, volunteers and community members to help transport and shelter horses and pets displaced in the Lilac Fire which decimated the San Luis Rey Training Center and is still burning in San Diego County. Read More
  • Latest Issue Dec 11 17

    Read More
  • Morgan Weanling Gala 2018

    Plans are underway for the 10th edition of the Morgan Weanling Gala to be held in 2018. In the years since the Morgan Weanling Gala (MWG) was launched, it has become a much-anticipated event each year. The program individually promotes each of the Nominated Stallions on both the MWG Facebook Page and website... Read More
  • Selection Trials at William Woods University

    After impressive showings at the U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team Trials, 12 riders were chosen to represent the United States at the 2018 Saddle Seat World Cup. Thirty-two aspiring athletes from 18 states tried out at William Woods University on Saturday... Read More
  • American Saddlebreds to Light Up Kannapolis Parade of Lights This Weekend

    The Carolinas American Saddlebred parade unit will be leading this year’s Kannapolis Parade of Lights Grand Marshal, Mrs. Martha Earnhardt during the event on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 6 PM at the intersection of Main St. and Dale Earnhardt Blvd in Kannapolis, NC. Read More
  • Plans Underway For New Indiana Spring Classic Horse Show

    April 5-7, 2018 will be the dates for the new Indiana Spring Classic Horse Show. The show will be held at the New Michiana Events Center, located in northeastern Indiana just miles from Hwy 80/90, in Shipshewana, IN... Read More