Lisa D. Stewart

is an award-winning author, internationally recognized long-distance horseback adventurer, motivational speaker, saddling expert, and grant consultant to farmers and ranchers.

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The Big Quiet

One Woman’s Horseback Ride Home

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At 54, Lisa Stewart 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 Stewart’s The Big Quiet charts a path for all women. It’s a path at once dangerous and thrilling and a path she had started down and backed out of since childhood. The resulting narrative recounts a journey not only to a point on the map but to a whole and liberated self. Stewart is finally free to trust herself and others, to survive by her wits and with the help of kind strangers of which there are still many. This is a delicious fantasy of a journey most of us deny ourselves and one taken on the back of a horse whose simultaneously terrified and fiercely loyal personality unfurls before us as the richest of characters’ personalities do-on the way from Point A to Point B.” – Kelly Barth, author of My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus

“This is a book of gratitude of the highest order. Stewart, a 54-year-old woman riding alone on a high-strung, sure-footed horse across the gravel grid of rural America, is grateful each night for a place to pitch a tent and pasture her horse. But her journey, past and present, is as much about the people she meets, many of whom know how to study a horse and to trust its rider-these strangers are glad to offer water and their own stories, which, like Stewart’s, churn with old wounds, hard work, family, and an abiding trust in open land. This compelling meditation reminds us that every step, fall, and missed road leads the rider home.” — Gary Dop, author of Father, Child, Water, MFA Program Director at Randolph College

“After riding more than 3,000 miles across the United States in the early 1980s, Stewart helped launch one of that country’s most successful saddle companies. Yet Lisa Stewart is no salesman, eager to sell a saddle to gain a commission. She is a long rider who made mistakes and learned by them. She faced obstacles and overcame them. She was presented with ancient riddles and discovered solutions.” — CuChullaine O’Reilly, FRGS, Founding Member of The Long Riders’ Guild

Winner 2021 Thorpe Menn Award

Winner Kansas Authors Guild
Looks Like A Million Book Award

Finalist 2021 High Plains Book
First Book Award

Latest Articles

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A horse and saddle of one’s own

A horse and saddle of one’s own

October 17, 2019 | Lisa's Horseback Trip 2012 Caption #1: None Caption # 2: My first saddle at 8. A 16" Hereford, which I rode on my 1982, 3,000-mile horseback trek. I saw a video today of girls competing in a stick horse competition, racing, jumping, prancing. I...

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From vulnerability to confidence: long-riding on horseback

From vulnerability to confidence: long-riding on horseback September 8, 2019|Lisa's Horseback Trip 2012 Caption: Leaving Chief's pasture near Edgerton, Kansas, on a trip that would last 3 months, three weeks, or if we failed, three days. May 16, 2012 For the month...

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Endurance on a long-distance ride

January 27, 2020 | Lisa's Horseback Trip 2012 Caption: None (An excerpt from my forthcoming book, The Big Quiet--A Ride Home. I had to cut this section for length, so I wanted to share it with you here. Names are changed to respect privacy.) It was the second week of...

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Presenter & Consultant

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, she teaches equestrians how to prevent horses’ suffering through humane saddling—an understanding of horse and saddle anatomy.

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