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

  • **Updated Event Cancellations

    Saddle Horse Report will provide daily updates to the list of canceled and postponed horse events. Read More
  • From the Desk of Marty Schaffel: Change Is Not Easy

    Robert Samuelson is a well-respected columnist on topics of economics and human behavior. He has been writing since the early ’70s.  He wrote his farewell column this week, and I excerpted the above quotation from him... Read More
  • CH Fiasco Succumbs to Heart Failure

    CH Fiasco, the first ever Western Country Pleasure World’s Champion of Champions died of heart failure September 13th at Michael Craghead Stables in Fresno, California. The big, beautiful bay gelding set the standard for the Western country pleasure division with Doug Glick. Read More
  • UPHA Update

    COVID-19 has caused many changes in our world and has had a significant impact on our sport. We have all learned to wear our face coverings, practice social distancing and elbow bump instead of shaking hands or giving hugs. It has been a steep learning curve, but our equine industry has risen to the challenge and prevailed when many other sports have faltered. Read More
  • UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show Update

    With concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our guests, community members, volunteers, and our employees is our top priority. We are working to make sure our operations will run smoothly and safely for all our attendees at the 2020 UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show in November.  Read More
  • Osteen Captures the All American Action

    Rick Osteen, official photographer at the All American Horse Classic, has proofs available online at and despite not being able to set up his viewing table he and wife Joni are fulfilling orders as quickly as possible. Read More
  • Rock Creek Cancelled

    The Board of Directors of the Rock Creek Riding Club regret to announce that they have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s show.  We had high hopes that rescheduling the traditional June show for October would allow us to do justice to the Rock Creek tradition even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read More
  • American Saddlebred Museum Accepting Consignments

    The American Saddlebred Museum is pleased to accept consignments for the next Equine Art, Antique, and Rare Book Auction taking place in July 2021. To prepare for this much loved event, the Museum is accepting consignments until February 1, 2021. Read More
  • Latest Issue 9 14 20 Insert

    Read More
  • Latest Issue 9 14 20 Main

    Read More