My name is Lynne Ferguson. I live in cabin – off the grid and on the Port Madison Reservation – surrounded by the horses and the natural beauty of the northwest. My life and passions are music and working with these horses to help children grow and thrive.
My great grandfather had Eastern Band Cherokee descendancy but grew up in Comanche country and learned his horsemanship skills there, which he taught to my grandma, and great-grandma, and they taught me what they had learned. These methods rely on developing a close bond with your horse and this bonding experience is exceptionally healing to children who have experienced trauma. The methods respect the horse’s nature, and the participants learn to communicate with their horses using breath, body language, and intention. We use horses we have bred, raised, and trained to work with youth and adults with disabilities and/or on the autism spectrum. We are now serving our second generation of students.
I raised my large family playing music for a living, and live performances and music sales help support the program, as well as grants and private donations. To learn more about the music that supports the program, please see my music bio on this page. Thank you for your interest in the Native Horsemanship Youth Program.
Lynne Ferguson is a singer/songwriter and musician with a long and successful career in many music genres, raising a large family playing music for a living. She has just released an album of jazz standards, with recordings from 30 years ago to present day. This is her 20th release, and all proceeds benefit the Native Horsemanship Youth Program.
Lynne’s main artistic influences include a list of legends from a broad variety of musical styles, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Tracy Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, and Billie Holiday. Lynne has recorded with Mark O’Connor, Jerry Douglas, Eddie Bayers, and the great blues singer Tracy Nelson. Her early career earned the avid support of blues legend Taj Mahal, who invited her to open several of his shows, and also sent her great songs to record by the then-unknown Lyle Lovett. Since that time, she raised her five children and several nieces and nephews playing music for a living, both as a solo artist as well as thousands of shows in the duo Double Stop, with the award-winning flat-picker Roger Ferguson. Besides the jazz standards included in this latest release, Lynne plays and records music in many genres, including bluegrass, Americana, country, rock, and her own road-tested originals. She has opened for and recorded with many of her favorite artists, including Taj Mahal, Mark O’Connor, and Tracy Nelson.
Lynne lives on the Port Madison Indian Reservation in Suquamish, Washington, near her 5 children and 8 grandchildren. She serves on the board of the Native Horsemanship Youth Program, a non-profit free program serving low-income youth and youth with disabilities that Lynne founded in 1998. She does limited touring and recording to support the charity, and the newest release, “Retrospective”, is another fundraiser and is now available worldwide.