Meet the Team

Our staff works hard to make sure that Bar TT Ranch continues to produce solid, handy horses ready for competition. Our horses are managed alonside our beef cow-calf program.  We regularly use the cattle for horse training and the horses to move and sort the beef herd.

We hire young, aspiring horsemen/women to work with our young horses.  We take advantage of local, professional trainers to mentor our staff, direct the training of the horses and to personally finish and market some of our horses.

  

If you’d like any more information about our team, or would like to apply for a position, please get in touch.  Read on to learn more about the team at Bar TT Cowhorse.

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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 overseess much of the mechanical work at the ranch – including our most recent tractor restoration.  He's a key participant in ranch planning.

Ian can often be found out on the tractor, grooming the arena, 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.  Give Ian a call if you are interested in event sponsorship or other promotional activities for the ranch.

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LAUREEN LITTLE

Ranch Owner and Horse Manager

 

Laureen grew up feeding and showing dairy calves with 4H.  After a great career in reservoir engineering, she loves being back at the ranch. Practical experience can't be beat but Laureen wanted to speed up the learrning process.  A Diploma in Equine Science with the University of Guelph,  has become the foundation of our program, based in horse ethology - handling and caring for the horse in a way suited to its natural instincts and physical needs.

Laureen drives the breeding program at the ranch, studying pedigrees, watching online performances and planning the timing.  She prefers live cover or side by side AI  breeding for their higher success rates and coordinates the necessary logistics.   Meeting special horses and their people is a highlight of the process which requires 11 patient months to produce results.

 

Several years ago, Laureen moved up to a lovely gelding, Merlin and has been working on her horsemanship and reined cowhorse skills with this new partner.  They attend local clinics and shows and enjoy the opportunity to practice and advance their skills.  She is always ready for clinic, show or trail riding opportunities.  She loves to trail cattle or try cutting.  Give her a call if you have something planned and would like company!

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Horse Trainer

 

Victoria joined the ranch team late in 2019 and quicly became a very reliable, talented and hard working member of the team.  With extensive background in the English jumper world, and a Vet Tech certificate from Olds College under her belt, she brings valuable knowledge and experience to every task.  Last winter we discovered that she also was handy with calving out.  Long nights and cold mornings are better shared with enthusiastic helpers.

 

A bubbly personality and a love of horses bring joy to daily activities.  There are never too many horses to ride in Victoria's world.  A student at university, she is a master at time management and excels at all that she does. Whether she pursues a veterinary career or sticks with training horses we know she'll be a force in the equine community.

Victoria ministers to our injured horses with compassion and confidence.  She has a quick intellect, an observant eye and a natural feel with horses.  Victoria is long on patience, steeped in planning and a master at daily repetition to build skills in her young, four-legged students.

 

We feel very fortunate to have her working with us and know you will agree when you get on one of our young show prospects.  When they are started without fear or agression, and provided the opportunity to learn quietly, you don't have to worry about old reactions arising in difficut situations.  The horse is the same, day after day.

VICTORIA JOHNSON

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DAN ALLIBAN - KALIBER EQUINE

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Dan & Jenn Alliban of Caliber Equine in Carstairs, Alberta are our "Go To" trainers.  They  have mentored our staff, directed the training of young horses,  finished and sold a few prospects for us.  We appreciate their hard work and honest evaluation of our horses as much as their personal and business coaching.  Dan provides us with cutting expertise and practice, and readily shares his love of the sport.  Their referrals to quality services  bring local excellence to our program.

We are lucky to live near the Cowboy centre of Canada.  Here, in the Alberta foothills we are able to benefit from the training, coaching and friendship of many Cowhorse professionals.  We look forward to continued learning alongside these local legends.

Geoff Hoar - San Emideo Ranch

Kade Mills

Austin Seelhof

Cody McArthur

Sarah Wolf

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Barn Help Volunteers

 

Occasionally we add local horsemanship students to our staff, to help with a variety of tasks from catching horses to feeding and cleaning stalls.  

At Bar TT Cowhorse, we offer the option to work for lessons.  If you are willing to work, ready to learn and able to get here on a schedule, we can use your help.  In exchange, we can provide lessons on one of our broke horses at the end of the day.

We can accomodate helpers10 years or older (with parental consent and transportation).  Build your own schedule - we just need to know when to expect you.  Plan on a minimum of once a week for at least 3 hours.  You will learn to ride in a supervised, structured and progressive method in exchange for your labour.

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