Meet the Team
Our staff works hard to make sure that Bar TT Ranch continues to produce solid, handy horses ready for competition. If you’d like any more information about our team, please get in touch.
IAN VAN STAALDUINEN
Ranch Owner and Equipment Manager
Ian gets top honours for all that he has learned over the years at the ranch. Having grown up in the city, everything was new. Over 20 years, he has taken on new challenges and equipment steadily. He now looks after all of the mechanical work at the ranch – including our most recent tractor restoration.
Ian can often be found out on the tractor, mowing grass on the riding trails, pounding posts for new fences, grading the lane or moving hay. He loves to ride his gelding, Bert when he has time and especially loves cow work. He has been spending time in the 'Smithy' lately, creating horseshoe bridle hooks and other great gear.
Ian loves to visit and meet new people. When he goes to town for a part, it can take a while. But he does a great job of maintaining our relationships with suppliers and supporters. He also handles our promotions and community project support.
Give Ian a call if you are interested in event sponsorship or other promotional activities for the ranch.
Ranch Owner and Horse Manager
Laureen grew up on a dairy farm, feeding calves, training and showing with 4H. An interest in horses was there from her first introduction at summer cam, and things at the ranch took off quickly after she bought her first horse, Fair.
Laureen has been studying Equine Science with the University of Guelph and recently completed her Diploma in Equine Science. This program included many courses which have proved helpful to ranch management and daily horse care. She recommends the Guelph online program for busy horse lovers who want to study from home.
Laureen manages the breeding of our horses and oversees the training and nutrition programs at the ranch. Give her a call if you are interested in talking about bloodlines or training protocols. She is happy to analyze your ration if you're not sure what your horse is missing.
Laureen drives the adventure agenda at the ranch and is always looking for great new trail riding opportunities. Give her a call if you have a trip you have a trip and would like company!