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.

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, 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.

LAUREEN LITTLE

Ranch Owner and Horse Manager

 

Laureen grew up on a dairy farm, feeding calves, training and showing with 4H.  She fell in love with horses and riding after a week at summer camp and has been working to get back to riding ever since.  Things at the ranch took off quickly after she bought her first horse, Fair.  

Laureen has completed a local Equine First Aid course as well as a Diploma and Certificate in Equine Science through the University of Guelph.  Practical learning can't be beat but these foundational courses have provided some good base knowledge to help us get started.

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 attended a few clinics this summer (Geoff Hoar - Cutting, John Murphy - Boxing and Austin Seelhof - Reining) and then tried their first cowhorse show in November with NARCHC.  There were no big prizes, but they were happy with their ability to compete at this level.

 

Laureen drives the adventure agenda at the ranch and is always looking for great new trail riding, clinic or show opportunities.  Give her a call if you have a trip planned and would like company!

 
 
 

VICTORIA JOHNSON

Horse Trainer

 

Victoria joined the ranch team late in 2019.  She has become a very reliable, talented and hard working member of the team.  With experience 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 had experience with calving out - and put her to work.  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.  She hopes to become a veterinarian in the future, and ministers to our injured horses with compassion and confidence.  We feel very fortunate to have her working with our horses!

DAN ALLIBAN - KALIBER EQUINE

Dan & Jenn Alliban of Caliber Equine in Carstairs, Alberta are our "Go To" trainers.  They  have mentored our staff, directed the training of our young horses and 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.  They bring local excellence to our program.

STINE SONNICHSEN

Stine joined us at the ranch this past March.  A certified reining trainer in Leipzig, Germany, she was enjoying a little R&R in Canada.  

Stine brings enthusiasm to every activity, whether we are riding the trails, doctoring cattle or training in the arena.  Who else would sleep in the stables for a month, waiting on little Chiclet to arrive?

Welcome to Canada and the Bar TT Cowhorse operation!

Barn Help Volunteers

 

This fall we added two students at Olds College to our staff.  Lauryn and Sienna help us out with a variety of tasks from catching horses to feeding and cleaning stalls.  Both provide a friendly, efficient support to our program.

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.  

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