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A Home On The Range

Nestled on the line between Gaston and Lincoln counties lies over 15 acres of rolling hills and grassy fields.
Robbin Whitley said that God has led her to do a lot of things, and she thinks moving to Stanley is one of them.
Lost Willow Farm is Whitley’s haven. She used to pass the road where the farm is located and always felt there was something there for her.
“I told my husband I wanted him to find me some property for my horses and he brought me to the place which I was drawn to,” she said.
The Whitleys have been at Lost Willow Farm for 17 years. For the last three years Robbin has been giving riding lessons, summer riding camps and has provided boarding.
She has been horseback riding since she was a child and grew up around horses.
Her parents used to live close to her grandfather who had a farm.
“I used to come home from school and run to the barn,” she said.
Whitley said she would find most of her school books in the barn in the morning.
Her love for horses has drawn her to showing people what they are all about.
“I want to teach people about horses, to respect them and be aware of them,” Whitley said. “I never knew that a lot of kids don’t have what my kids have, and they love it out here.”
In order to prepare for summer, Whitley is going to be making some changes.
The barn will be added on to, and she also plans to expand the riding ring.
Located on Beatty Road off of N.C. 16, Whitley said the farm has lots to offer this summer for both children and adults.
Summer riding camps have already begun and spaces are filling up fast.
Whitley has eight horses, one for each student in the riding camp. Therefore, she says, the sooner students sign up the better.
The riding camp is a week long and for children six through 14.
A half-day camp is offered for three hours of riding for five days.
The half-day camp includes a Friday evening barbecue dinner after a horse showing displaying what the children have learned. Proceeds for the barbecue go to the Lincoln County Humane Society.
Also offered is a full-day camp, which is eight hours a day for five days. Team building activities and nature hikes in the fields and woods surrounding the farm take place in the afternoon. Lunch, water and snacks are provided.
Half-day camps are $175, full-day camps are $295.
For more information call Whitley at 704-634-6416 or visit lostwillowfarm.com. by Amy Wadsworth

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