Ron Chlasta, Owner
Ron Chlasta is the owner of R&M Stables in Hendersonville. The facility is dedicated to teaching horsemanship from the ground up utilizing the western method of riding.
As a rider Ron is the unit director of the County Mounties, a search and rescue/recovery team in Sumner Co. As a certified rider Ron has competed in the National Police Colloquium at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. He was the national champion in the tandem obstacle event for two consecutive years. In 2017 Ron’s horses won the event with Ron riding Trooper and Jason Parizek riding Geronimo.
In Middle Tennessee, Ron’s horses have won the WHOA (Walking Horse Owners Association) championships in both individual and tandem obstacles. In 2017 his horse was the overall WHOA champion at the Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro service horse division international championships. In 2018 Ron’s horse Trooper took top honors in equitation at the Williamson Co. expo center WHOA championships. In 2019, Ron placed 2nd in equitation, 6th in individual obstacle and 10th in combined equitation and obstacle at the Colloquium in Lexington, KY.
Ron enjoys working with working with riders of all levels. He has developed a summer camp program and lesson program that enables young people in the community to experience the many different entry points into the equine world.
Ron Chlasta has over 36 years of experience in all aspects of aquatic management and coaching at the elite level of USA swimming. As an administrator Ron began as the fitness and aquatics director of the Peninsula Community Center in Redwood City, CA. His ability to plan, implement, and maintain a quality facility resulted in being named the top aquatics program for clubs in Northern California in 1991. Ron and his wife Mary moved to Hendersonville, TN in 1995 and opened Sea Star Swim School. Now in their 23rd year of business they offer the most comprehensive and personalized aquatic program in the greater Nashville area.
Ron was honored as the United States Swim School Association’s Outstanding Teacher of the year for two consecutive years in 1996 and 1997. He also served a three year term on the USSSA Board of Directors.
COACHING – Ron began his career as the head coach of Calvin College Men’s team in Grand Rapids, MI. From there he developed an age group team - Woodside Hills Aquatics on the San Francisco Peninsula. He produced numerous USA swimming top 16 athletes as well as two athletes who were named Pacific Swimmer of the Year. In addition, he had two athletes reach the #1 rankings on the NISCA High School All American list in 1995.
Ron coached the Hendersonville High School Swimming Commandos for 6 seasons, where he produced 32 All Americans. He was named the 2014 Coach of the Year by the Middle Tennessee High School Swimming Association (MTHSSA).
While he oversees his busy swim school, Ron currently coaches MTSC Masters an adult team in Hendersonville and has produced numerous masters national champions as well as an athlete who garnered a #1 world ranking in the 800 meter freestyle.
Ron stays active in masters swimming and enjoys Open Water events. He has won several titles on the circuit at 1 & 2 miles – Del Mar Days ,San Diego, Semana Nautica, Santa Barbara, Castaic Lake, Los Angeles, and most recently Big Shoulders, Chicago.
Ron has traveled internationally and conducted swim clinics with the national swim teams of Korea, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and Guatemala. This past September, Ron was invited to lead the team building for the University of Michigan’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving program in Ann Arbor Michigan.