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 a local, professional trainer to mentor our staff, direct the training of the horses and to personally finish and market 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.  But she has always loved horses and riding.  Things at the ranch took off quickly after she bought her first horse, Fair.  

Laureen has recently completed both a Diploma and Certificate in Equine Science through the University of Guelph.  This foundational program has provided the background required to start our breeding program

 

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.  

 

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!

STINE SONNICHSEN

Horse Trainer

 

Stine joined us at the ranch this past March.  She is a fully certified reining trainer in Leipzig, Germany, enjoying a little R&R in Canada.  Originally trained as an English jumper, her apprenticeship at Black Horse Ranch, just outside Leipzig, taught her the essentials of training horses for reining as well as driving.  She is a wealth of riding expertise and we are enjoying her coaching this summer.  

Stine brings enthusiasm to every activity, whether we are riding the trails, doctoring cattle or training in the arena.  When not working on groundwork or mounted training, she is teaching our young horses to drive.  It is an excellent experience for them, providing more exposure to their future environment.  We hope to see her flying down the road to get the mail anyday now.

Stine hopes to become a physical education teacher in the future, but for now, she is working to raise our level of training - both horses and humans!  Welcome to Canada and the Bar TT Cowhorse operation!

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.

 
 
 

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