Meet Lisa Stewart

Author.  Speaker.  Consultant.

An award-winning author and internationally recognized long-distance horseback adventurer, Lisa’s motivational presentations remind listeners of two radical truths—the world is safe, and people want to be of help.

As co-founder of Ortho-Flex Saddle Company,  Lisa teaches equestrians how to prevent horses’ suffering through humane saddling—an understanding of horse and saddle anatomy. Her commitment to rural America involves helping farmers and ranchers stay on the land through grant-funded diversification and expansion plans.

At 54, Lisa set out to regain the fearless girl she once had been, riding her horse, Chief, 500 miles home. Hot, homeless, and horseback, she snapped back into every original cell. On an extraordinary homegoing from Kansas City to Bates and Vernon Counties in Missouri, Lisa exhausted herself, faced her past, trusted strangers, and stayed in the middle of her frightened horse to document modern rural America, the people, animals, and land.

Lisa lives with her husband, Robert Stewart, editor emeritus of New Letters magazine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.