Look Who’s Been Scooped! The Stanley Brothers David Levi & Brenda Stanley, Don & Linda Stanley, J.B. & Mary Stanley Submitted by Renee Clark Collected.
Glide-ride smooth single-footing gait.
Impressive! These words come to mind when I think of the first time I saw two of the Stanley brothers, JB and David, riding their splendid stallions, one dark bay and one coal black, side-by-side.
It was at the first SHOBA Celebration Trail Ride at True West in September of 2006.
I quickly found out that they were riding horses from the Falcon Rowdy bloodline.
JB was on Rawhide’s Majestic Mystery, and David was riding Rascal’s Rowdy Rampage.
They were demonstrating David’s idea of horseback riding as he recently described it: ―If you’ve got one with speed, that’s a plus, but the biggest thing is sitting up there doing it right.‖ David and his brothers, JB and Don, do their best to show this philosophy when riding, making them excellent representatives of the Single-footing horse wherever they go. In those days their father worked at the Birch Knob Fire Tower, and he would have to stay there for weeks at a time.
The brothers remember riding the mules all the way to the fire tower on top of Pine Mountain, packing in groceries for their daddy’s long stay.
I’m sure this is why nobody knows the trails around Pine Mountain better than the Stanley brothers.
Wiley Stanley also had a Shetland pony that the youngest brother, David, who remembers being around 8 or 10 years old at the time, took off to the local Trade Days and traded for a spotted pony. ―Daddy wore me out for trading his pony off,‖ recalls David.
Sure sounds like there was never a dull moment at the Stanley home.
David must have learned his lesson because his daddy had a nice black pony mare that for years he rode all through the mountains.
Don, the Stanley’s third child, left Clintwood with an uncle when he was 16 years old and moved to Wayne, Michigan.
He eventually went to work for General Motors.
While working in Michigan, Don would return home to visit and ride the mountain trails on horseback with his brothers and friends.
He retired in 2001 and returned to his childhood hometown. JB and his family are heavily involved in the Cumberland Pine Mountain Trail Riders.
This is an association of fine, dedicated horse riders that sponsor a trail ride in the spring and fall and many good horse shows at their arena alongside the Pound River in Clintwood.
JB is the current club president and it is his wife Mary’s favorite activity to spend time at the arena, camping or watching the children or grandchildren ride and show.
David is the vice-president and Don is on the board of directors, so it is a real family affair.
You can usually find JB and Mary at the arena as we did on our recent trip to Clintwood.
JB is either watching his kids or grandkids ride or just checking up on things on the show grounds.
JB says his favorite memory involving horses is showing all the people the awesome scenery of his home from horseback.
He says he’s shown the beauty of the mountains that he calls home to too many riders for him to count.
JB enjoys all the local trail rides and going off with his brothers all over the nation to places like the SHOBA Celebration Ride in Tennessee, Mt.
Rogers in Virginia, Indiana, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Texas. David Levi on “Old Molly” Wiley Stanley riding Rowdy’s Lil’ Rascal J.B.
Trail riding with Johnny Demetris Rowdy’s Lil’ Rascal today at the age of 22 Francis Stanley riding Stardust J.B. “setting up and doing it right” on Rawhide’s Majestic Mystery at the SHOBA Celebration The brothers were born and raised below the ridge of Pine Mountain on the Cumberland Plateau outside Clintwood, Virginia.
Their parents, Wiley and Francis Stanley, raised seven children, five boys and two girls, on their home place on South of the Mountain Road.
This road winds around and in and out of the hollers, rises, rushing creeks and steep ravines of the scenic Pine Mountain of Southwest Virginia.
It was in this rugged land with the majestic mountain views all around them that the Stanley brothers started out learning to ride on their daddy’s work mules.
On the weekends instead of plowing the garden, hauling hay, or taking the mules to water they occasionally would sneak the mules off to ride through the mountain.
And as JB told me, ―Maybe get our hind ends strapped for stealing the mules 6 off!‖
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